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total eclipse

noun
1.
an eclipse in which the surface of the eclipsed body is completely obscured.
Compare annular eclipse.
Origin of total eclipse
1665-1675
First recorded in 1665-75
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  • Such clouds have been observed at all these three stages of a total eclipse.

    The Story of Eclipses George Chambers
  • This is by no means the case previous to a total eclipse of the Sun.

    The Story of Eclipses George Chambers
  • In 1806 a total eclipse of the Sun occurred, visible in N. America.

    The Story of Eclipses George Chambers
  • On the 18th August in that year a total eclipse was visible in India.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • I suppose we have all seen one total eclipse, and we may see another.

    The Art of Illustration Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • To offend your Union, dear boy, is to accomplish the total eclipse of your future.

    The Blower of Bubbles Arthur Beverley Baxter
  • On the same night there was a great and total eclipse of the sun.

    The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros Pedro Fernandez de Quiros
  • In 1886 he observed a total eclipse at Carriacou in the West Indies.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • In London in 1715 no total eclipse had been visible for six centuries.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • Among other things, we noted the total eclipse of the sun on June 17.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
British Dictionary definitions for total eclipse

total eclipse

noun
1.
an eclipse as seen from a particular area of the earth's surface where the eclipsed body is completely hidden Compare annular eclipse, partial eclipse
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total eclipse in Science
total eclipse
  (tōt'l)   
An eclipse in which the entire surface of a celestial object is obscured. See more at eclipse.
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