an eclipse in which the surface of the eclipsed body is completely obscured.
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Origin of total eclipse
First recorded in 1665–75
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British Dictionary definitions for total eclipse
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Science definitions for 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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