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eclipse

e·clipse

eclipse

 
 
pronunciation:
ih klIps
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: at a particular observation point, the blocking of light from one celestial body by another, such as the eclipse of the sun by the interposition of the moon, or the eclipse of the moon by the earth's coming between the sun and moon.
We all went outside to watch the eclipse of the moon.
similar words:
block, blockage, conjunction, darkening
definition 2: any blockage of light.
similar words:
block, blockage, obscuring, shade
definition 3: a decline into obscurity, disfavor, or low status.
The 1970s saw the eclipse of this once popular singer.
similar words:
clouding
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: eclipsed, eclipses, eclipsing
definition 1: to bring about an eclipse of.
The moon eclipsed the sun.
similar words:
block, occult, overshadow, shade, shadow
definition 2: to make obscure or darker.
synonyms:
darken, obfuscate, obscure
similar words:
becloud, bedim, cloud, dim, extinguish, overshadow, shade, shadow
definition 3: to cause to decline in importance, popularity, or the like, esp. by surpassing or outshining.
The new hockey star has eclipsed most of the former record-holders.
synonyms:
diminish, overshadow
similar words:
exceed, excel, outdo, outshine, outstrip, put to shame, surpass, transcend
Word History
Eclipse comes from ekleipsis, an ancient Greek word that means "to leave its usual place."
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