What does eclipse mean?

Definitions for eclipse
ɪˈklɪpseclipse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eclipse, occultation(verb)

    one celestial body obscures another

  2. overshadow, dominate, eclipse(verb)

    be greater in significance than

    "the tragedy overshadowed the couple's happiness"

  3. eclipse, occult(verb)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. eclipse(Noun)

    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. eclipse(Noun)

    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. eclipse(Verb)

    Of astronomical bodies, to cause an eclipse.

    The Moon eclipsed the Sun.

  4. eclipse(Verb)

    To overshadow; to be better or more noticeable than.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eclipse(noun)

    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

    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.]

  2. Eclipse(noun)

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

    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.]

  3. Eclipse(verb)

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

    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.]

  4. Eclipse(verb)

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

    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.]

  5. Eclipse(verb)

    to suffer an eclipse

    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.]

Freebase

  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.

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Numerology

  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. Jay Pasachoff:

    Every eclipse is different because the Sun goes through an 11 year sunspot cycle and there are big eruptions that come out of the sun – some of which hit the earth and can zap billion dollar satellites, we want to know about these eruptions and how fast they go and how to predict them.

  2. Jeff Young:

    Probably once a week I get a phone call. 'Hi. I have your dog Eclipse here on 3rd and Bell,' i have to tell them, 'no. She's fine.' She knows what she's doing.

  3. Brian Carlstrom:

    The hair on the back of your neck is going to stand up, and you are going to feel different things as the eclipse reaches totality. It's been described as peaceful, spiritual, exhilarating, shocking.

  4. Chong Hon Yew:

    You can do the same experiment tomorrow, before or after eclipse – it's easy to do it, but it's a fun trick to do (during an eclipse) to get young kids interested in science and astronomy.

  5. Kelly Beatty:

    When eclipse day dawns, weather will trump all the geometric calculations and careful planning that eclipse-chasers have worried about for years.

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