Eclipse - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪˈklɪps|  American pronunciation of the word eclipse
Brit.  |ɪˈklɪps|  British pronunciation of the word eclipse


- one celestial body obscures another (syn: occultation)


- be greater in significance than (syn: dominate, overshadow)
- cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention(syn: occult)


The popularity of television led to the eclipse of the radio drama.

an artist whose reputation has long been in eclipse

The sun was partially eclipsed by the moon.

Train travel was eclipsed by the growth of commercial airlines.

Many people expected the growth of television to mean the eclipse of radio.

The economy had eclipsed the environment as an election issue.

The Sun eclipses the moon today

In a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the sun and the Earth.

a total eclipse of the sun

a partial eclipse of the sun

...the lunar eclipse began with a subtle darkening of the lunar surface as it passed within the Earth's penumbra...

...during a solar eclipse observers located within the umbra experience a complete blocking of the sun by the moon...

Mrs Bosanquet's novels are now in eclipse.

the geometrical alignment of the Sun, Moon and Earth at the eclipse

During an eclipse, the moon blocks our view of the sun (=stops us from seeing it).

Word forms

I/you/we/they: eclipse
he/she/it: eclipses
present participle: eclipsing
past tense: eclipsed
past participle: eclipsed
singular: eclipse
plural: eclipses
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