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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Eclipse \E*clipse"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Eclipsed} ([-e]*kl[i^]pst"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Eclipsing}.]

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

2. To obscure, darken, or extinguish the beauty, luster, honor, etc., of; to sully; to cloud; to throw into the shade by surpassing. "His eclipsed state." --Dryden.

My joy of liberty is half eclipsed. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Eclipse \E*clipse"\ ([-e]*kl[i^]ps"), noun [F. ['e]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. (Astron.) 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.

Note: In ancient times, eclipses were, and among unenlightened people they still are, superstitiously regarded as forerunners of evil fortune, a sentiment of which occasional use is made in literature.

That fatal and perfidious bark, Built in the eclipse, and rigged with curses dark. --Milton.

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

All the posterity of our fist parents suffered a perpetual eclipse of spiritual life. --Sir W. Raleigh.

As in the soft and sweet eclipse, When soul meets soul on lovers' lips. --Shelley.

{Annular eclipse}. (Astron.) See under {Annular}.

{Cycle of eclipses}. See under {Cycle}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Eclipse \E*clipse"\, verb (used without an object) To suffer an eclipse.

While the laboring moon Eclipses at their charms. --Milton.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

eclipse

noun

1: one celestial body obscures another [syn: {eclipse}, {occultation}]

verb

1: be greater in significance than; "the tragedy overshadowed the couple's happiness" [syn: {overshadow}, {dominate}, {eclipse}]

2: 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" [syn: {eclipse}, {occult}]


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