a variable star whose changes in brightness are caused by periodic eclipses of two stars in a binary system.
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Also called eclipsing binary.
Words nearby eclipsing variable
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British Dictionary definitions for eclipsing binary
a binary star whose orbital plane lies in or near the line of sight so that one component is regularly eclipsed by its companionSee also variable star
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Scientific definitions for eclipsing binary
[ ĭ-klĭp′sĭng ]
See under binary star.
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