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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Eclipse  \E*clipse"\,  v.  i. 
  To  suffer  an  eclipse. 
 
  While  the  laboring  moon  Eclipses  at  their  charms. 
  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Eclipse  \E*clipse"\,  n.  [F.  ['e]clipse,  L.  eclipsis,  fr  Gr  ?, 
  prop.,  a  forsaking,  failing,  fr  ?  to  leave  out  forsake;  ? 
  out  +  ?  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Eclipse  \E*clipse"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Eclipsed};  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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  eclipse 
  n  :  one  celestial  body  obscures  another 
  v  1:  exceed  in  importance;  outweigh;  "This  prblem  overshadows  our 
  lives  right  now"  [syn:  {overshadow}] 
  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:  {occult}] 
  3:  cause  an  eclipse  of  of  celestial  bodies;  "The  sun  eclipsed 
  the  moon" 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  ECLIPSE 
 
  A  {Prolog}  +  {CLP}  compiler  from  {ECRC}. 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Eclipse 
  of  the  sun  alluded  to  in  Amos  8:9;  Micah  3:6;  Zech.  14:6;  Joel 
  2:10.  Eclipses  were  regarded  as  tokens  of  God's  anger  (Joel 
  3:15;  Job  9:7).  The  darkness  at  the  crucifixion  has  been 
  ascribed  to  an  eclipse  (Matt.  27:45);  but  on  the  other  hand  it 
  is  argued  that  the  great  intensity  of  darkness  caused  by  an 
  eclipse  never  lasts  for  more  than  six  minutes,  and  this  darkness 
  lasted  for  three  hours.  Moreover,  at  the  time  of  the  Passover 
  the  moon  was  full,  and  therefore  there  could  not  be  an  eclipse 
  of  the  sun,  which  is  caused  by  an  interposition  of  the  moon 
  between  the  sun  and  the  earth. 
 




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