What does eclipse mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eclipse, occultationverb

    one celestial body obscures another

  2. overshadow, dominate, eclipseverb

    be greater in significance than

    "the tragedy overshadowed the couple's happiness"

  3. eclipse, occultverb

    cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention

    "The Sun eclipses the moon today"; "Planets and stars often are occulted by other celestial bodies"


  1. eclipsenoun

    An astronomical alignment in which a planetary object (for example, the Moon) comes between the sun and another planetary object (for example, the Earth), resulting in a shadow being cast by the middle object onto the other object.

  2. eclipsenoun

    A seasonal state of plumage in some birds, notably ducks, adopted temporarily after the breeding season and characterised by a dull and scruffy appearance.

  3. eclipseverb

    Of astronomical bodies, to cause an eclipse.

    The Moon eclipsed the Sun.

  4. eclipseverb

    To overshadow; to be better or more noticeable than.

    The student's skills soon eclipsed those of his teacher.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ECLIPSEnoun

    Etymology: ἔϰλειϖσις.

    Slips of yew,
    Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Planets, planet-struck, real eclipse
    Then suffer’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 413.

    So though the sun victorious be,
    And from a dark eclipse set free,
    The influence, which we fondly fear,
    Afflicts our thoughts the following year. Edmund Waller.

    An eclipse of the moon is when the atmosphere of the earth, being between the sun and the moon, hinders the light of the sun from falling upon and being reflected by the moon: if the light of the sun is kept off from the whole body of the moon, it is a total eclipse; if from a part only, it is a partial one. John Locke.

    All the posterity of our first parents suffered a perpetual eclipse of spiritual life. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Experience we have of the vanity of human glory, in our scatterings and eclipses. Charles I .

  2. To Eclipseverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Let the eclipsed moon her throne resign. George Sandys.

    Now if the earth were flat, the dark’ned moon
    Would seem to all eclips’d as well as one. Thomas Creech, Manilius.

    Then here I take my leave of thee, fair son,
    Born to eclipse thy life this afternoon. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    They had seen tokens of more than common greatness, howsoever now eclipsed with fortune. Philip Sidney.

    Praise him to his father:
    Let the prince’s glory
    Seem to eclipse, and cast a cloud on his. John Denham, Sophy.

    Let other muses write his prosp’rous fate,
    Of conquer’d nations tell, and kings restor’d;
    But mine shall sing of his eclips’d estate,
    Which, like the sun’s, more wonders does afford. Dryden.

    He descended from his father, and eclipsed the glory of his divine majesty with a veil of flesh. Edmund Calamy, Sermons.

    She told the king, that her husband was eclipsed in Ireland by the no-countenance his majesty had shewed towards him. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Another now hath to himself engross’d
    All pow’r, and us eclips’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v.


  1. Eclipse

    Eclipse is the tenth and final track from British progressive rock band Pink Floyd's 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. It was written and sung by Roger Waters, with harmonies by David Gilmour and Rick Wright. After Waters left the band, Gilmour sang the lead when performing live. This song was one of several to be considered for the band's "best of" album, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd.


  1. eclipse

    An eclipse is a celestial event that occurs when one celestial body such as a moon or a planet moves into the shadow of another celestial body. The most common types are a solar eclipse, when the moon's shadow crosses the Earth's surface, and a lunar eclipse, when the moon moves into the Earth's shadow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eclipsenoun

    an interception or obscuration of the light of the sun, moon, or other luminous body, by the intervention of some other body, either between it and the eye, or between the luminous body and that illuminated by it. A lunar eclipse is caused by the moon passing through the earth's shadow; a solar eclipse, by the moon coming between the sun and the observer. A satellite is eclipsed by entering the shadow of its primary. The obscuration of a planet or star by the moon or a planet, though of the nature of an eclipse, is called an occultation. The eclipse of a small portion of the sun by Mercury or Venus is called a transit of the planet

  2. Eclipsenoun

    the loss, usually temporary or partial, of light, brilliancy, luster, honor, consciousness, etc.; obscuration; gloom; darkness

  3. Eclipseverb

    to cause the obscuration of; to darken or hide; -- said of a heavenly body; as, the moon eclipses the sun

  4. Eclipseverb

    to obscure, darken, or extinguish the beauty, luster, honor, etc., of; to sully; to cloud; to throw into the shade by surpassing

  5. Eclipseverb

    to suffer an eclipse

  6. Etymology: [F. clipse, L. eclipsis, fr. Gr. 'e`kleipsis, prop., a forsaking, failing, fr. 'eklei`pein to leave out, forsake; 'ek out + lei`pein to leave. See Ex-, and Loan.]


  1. Eclipse

    In computer programming, Eclipse is a multi-language Integrated development environment comprising a base workspace and an extensible plug-in system for customizing the environment. It is written mostly in Java. It can be used to develop applications in Java and, by means of various plug-ins, other programming languages including Ada, C, C++, COBOL, Fortran, Haskell, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, R, Ruby, Scala, Clojure, Groovy, Scheme, and Erlang. It can also be used to develop packages for the software Mathematica. Development environments include the Eclipse Java development tools for Java and Scala, Eclipse CDT for C/C++ and Eclipse PDT for PHP, among others. The initial codebase originated from IBM VisualAge. The Eclipse software development kit, which includes the Java development tools, is meant for Java developers. Users can extend its abilities by installing plug-ins written for the Eclipse Platform, such as development toolkits for other programming languages, and can write and contribute their own plug-in modules. Released under the terms of the Eclipse Public License, Eclipse SDK is free and open source software. It was one of the first IDEs to run under GNU Classpath and it runs without problems under IcedTea.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eclipse

    e-klips′, n. an obscuration of one of the heavenly bodies by the interposition of another, either between it and the spectator, or between it and the sun: loss of brilliancy: darkness.—v.t. to hide a luminous body wholly or in part: to darken: to throw into the shade, to cut out, surpass.—p.adjs. Eclipsed′, darkened, obscured; Eclips′ing, darkening, obscuring.—n. Eclip′tic, the name given to the great circle of the heavens round which the sun seems to travel, from west to east, in the course of a year: a great circle on the globe corresponding to the celestial ecliptic.—adj. pertaining to an eclipse or the ecliptic. [Through O. Fr. and L. from Gr. ekleipsisek, out, leipein, to leave.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. eclipse

    An obscuration of a heavenly body by the interposition of another, or during its passage through the shadow of a larger body. An eclipse of the sun is caused by the dark body of the moon passing between it and the earth. When the moon's diameter exceeds the sun's, and their centres nearly coincide, a total eclipse of the sun takes place; but if the moon's diameter be less, then the eclipse is annular.

Editors Contribution

  1. Eclipsenoun

    Eclipse is also a Filipino, Spanish surname.

    Ryan Eclipse

    Submitted by ryaneclipse123 on November 26, 2021  

  2. eclipsenoun

    0.)Earth Corp Executive committee's emitter-coupled logic of time forming 2 hours and 30 minutes in the upper and lower edges of the opening of space apart. 1.) An obscuring of the light from one celestial body by the passage of another between it and the observer or between it and its source of illumination. 2.) A phase during which the distinctive markings of a bird are obscured by molting of the breeding plumage.

    The solar eclipse is like a noun because it has a place where something happens that is amazing to humans, so we named the time when this action is predicted by the celestial creations.

    Etymology: Matthew 24:29, revealing times

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on October 14, 2023  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eclipse in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eclipse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of eclipse in a Sentence

  1. Stojan Stojanovski:

    The eclipse had a beautiful start with the clouds, and for the final hour everything was clear.

  2. Christopher Quinn:

    It's really impossible for people, when they're in the moment, to make a judgment over brief versus prolonged exposure, it's never a good idea to view the eclipse without the protection.

  3. Madhulika Guhathakurta:

    Space telescopes can't take us this close to the sun, the eclipse provides an opportunity for scientists to gather observations very close to the sun in white light, infrared, other wavelengths. This is the region that sets the boundary conditions for how the corona is heated, how is the solar wind accelerated -- conditions we call space weather. We are continuously still learning about this environment.

  4. Alex Young:

    Annular eclipses are similar to total eclipses in that the moon, Earth and sun are aligned so that the moon moves directly in front of the Sun as viewed from Earth, but a total eclipse does not happen, that is the moon does not completely block out the visible disk of the sun because the moon is farther away and so its apparent size in the sky is [ slightly ] smaller than the sun. This means that a tiny ring of annulus of the solar disk is visible around the moon.

  5. Christin Kristoffersen:

    Safety comes first, even before the eclipse, we need to take care of people. It's terribly cold in March and we have the challenge with polar bears.

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