Definitions for occultationˌɒk ʌlˈteɪ ʃən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
oc•cul•ta•tionˌɒk ʌlˈteɪ ʃən(n.)
the passage of one celestial body in front of another, thus hiding the other from view: applied esp. to the moon's coming between an observer and a star or planet.
the act of blocking or hiding from view.
the resulting hidden or concealed state.
Origin of occultation:
1375–1425; late ME < L occultātiō concealment
one celestial body obscures another
An astronomical event that occurs when one celestial object is hidden by another celestial object that passes between it and the observer when the nearer object appears larger and completely hides the more distant object
, Describes the state of an imam that has been hidden by Allah.
The example of the Imam in occultation is like the sun behind the clouds. You may not see it, but it continues to sustain and aid you.