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eclipse

e·clipse

eclipse

 
pronunciation:
ih klIps
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: the blocking from view of the sun, a moon, or a planet by another heavenly body. In an eclipse of the sun, the sun is hidden from earth's view by the moon passing between the sun and the earth.
We all went outside to watch the eclipse of the moon.
similar words:
block, conjunction, darkening
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: eclipsed, eclipses, eclipsing
definition 1: to bring about a darkening or an eclipse of.
The moon eclipsed the sun.
similar words:
block, shade, shadow
definition 2: to cause to be less important; surpass.
The new hockey star has eclipsed the other players.
synonyms:
diminish
similar words:
exceed, excel, outdo, put to shame, surpass
Word History
Eclipse comes from ekleipsis, an ancient Greek word that means "to leave its usual place."
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