- the obscuration of the light of the moon by the intervention of the earth between it and the sun (lunar eclipse) or the obscuration of the light of the sun by the intervention of the moon between it and a point on the earth (solar eclipse).
- a similar phenomenon with respect to any other planet and either its satellite or the sun.
- the partial or complete interception of the light of one component of a binary star by the other.
verb (used with object), e·clipsed, e·clips·ing.
- eclipse period,
- eclipse plumage,
- eclipsing binary,
- eclipsing variable,
- eclipsing variable star
Origin of eclipse
Examples from the Web for eclipse
Once 2007 rolled along, Kardashian's Ray J sex tape catapulted her to fame, helping her eclipse her former employer.Kim Kardashian’s Days as Paris Hilton’s Lowly Assistant|Amy Zimmerman|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That's what The Twilight Saga: Eclipse sounds like when it's up to the clever Bad Lip Reading folks.Viral Video of the Day: 'Twilight 3' Bad Lip Reading|The Daily Beast Video|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tracking is for an opening weekend that could eclipse $100 million.Is There Really a Superman Curse, and Can Henry Cavill Break It?|Kevin Fallon|June 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Why has this ritual remained so cherished, indeed foundational, while so many other ancient commandments have fallen into eclipse?
Downey grew up in the shadow of his father, the Irish tenor Morton Downey, and vowed to eclipse his fame one day.‘Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie’: The Pundit’s Rise and Fall|Marlow Stern|April 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
An eclipse on the 20th day means that the king will hand his throne to his son.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria|Morris Jastrow
Ferguson also invented a machine for illustrating mechanically the circumstances of an eclipse.The Story of Eclipses|George Chambers
The husband may eclipse Christ in the wifes soul, and be counted as her all in all.The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians|G. G. Findlay
There is a wedding coming which will eclipse all the princely and imperial weddings the world ever saw.The Wedding Ring|T. De Witt Talmage
We were told that the 'Bramble' was to form part of the expedition sent to observe the eclipse of the sun.The Cruise of the 'Alerte'|E. F. Knight
Word Origin for eclipse
late 13c., from Old French eclipse "eclipse, darkness" (12c.), from Latin eclipsis, from Greek ekleipsis "an abandonment, an eclipse," from ekleipein "to forsake a usual place, fail to appear, be eclipsed," from ek "out" (see ex-) + leipein "to leave" (cognate with Latin linquere; see relinquish).
late 14c. (intransitive, a sense now obsolete), from eclipse (n.). Transitive use from late 15c.; figurative use from 1580s. Related: Eclipsed; eclipsing.
A Closer Look
The Sun is about 400 times wider than the Moon and 400 times farther from Earth, causing the two to appear to be almost exactly the same size in our sky. This relationship is also responsible for the phenomenon of the total solar eclipse, an eclipse of the Sun in which the disk of the Moon fully covers that of the Sun, blocking the Sun's light and causing the Moon's shadow to fall across the Earth. A total solar eclipse can be viewed only from a very narrow area on Earth, or zone of totality, where the dark central shadow of the Moon, or umbra, falls. From this perspective one can view the Sun's delicate corona-tendrils of charged gases that surround the Sun but are invisible to the unaided eye in normal daylight. This is also the only time when stars are visible in the day sky. Those viewing the eclipse from where the edges of the Moon's shadow, or penumbra, fall to Earth will see only a partial solar eclipse. The orbits of the Earth around the Sun and of the Moon around the Earth are not perfect circles, causing slight variations in how large the Sun and Moon appear to us and in the length of solar eclipses. The maximum duration of a total solar eclipse when the Earth is farthest from the Sun and the Moon is closest to the Earth is seven and a half minutes.
In astronomy, the blocking out of light from one object by the intervention of another object. The most dramatic eclipses visible from the Earth are eclipses of the sun (when sunlight is blocked by the moon) and eclipses of the moon (when sunlight on its way to the moon is blocked by the Earth).