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occultation

occultation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Occultation  \Oc`cul*ta"tion\,  n.  [L.  occultatio  a  hiding,  fr 
  occultare  v.  intens.  of  occulere:  cf.F.  occultation.  See 
  {Occult}.] 
  1.  (Astron.)  The  hiding  of  a  heavenly  body  from  sight  by  the 
  intervention  of  some  other  of  the  heavenly  bodies;  -- 
  applied  especially  to  eclipses  of  stars  and  planets  by  the 
  moon,  and  to  the  eclipses  of  satellites  of  planets  by 
  their  primaries. 
 
  2.  Fig.:  The  state  of  being  occult. 
 
  The  reappearance  of  such  an  author  after  those  long 
  periods  of  occultation.  --Jeffrey. 
 
  {Circle  of  perpetual  occultation}.  See  under  {Circle}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Perpetual  \Per*pet"u*al\,  a.  [OE.  perpetuel,  F.  perp['e]tuel, 
  fr  L.  perpetualis  fr  perpetuus  continuing  throughout, 
  continuous,  fr  perpes,  -etis,  lasting  throughout.] 
  Neverceasing  continuing  forever  or  for  an  unlimited  time; 
  unfailing;  everlasting;  continuous. 
 
  Unto  the  kingdom  of  perpetual  night.  --Shak. 
 
  Perpetual  feast  of  nectared  sweets.  --Milton. 
 
  {Circle  of  perpetual  apparition},  or  {occultation}.  See  under 
  {Circle}. 
 
  {Perpetual  calendar},  a  calendar  so  devised  that  it  may  be 
  adjusted  for  any  month  or  year. 
 
  {Perpetual  curacy}  (Ch.  of  Eng.),  a  curacy  in  which  all  the 
  tithes  are  appropriated,  and  no  vicarage  is  endowed. 
  --Blackstone. 
 
  {Perpetual  motion}.  See  under  {Motion}. 
 
  {Perpetual  screw}.  See  {Endless  screw},  under  {Screw}. 
 
  Syn:  Continual;  unceasing;  endless;  everlasting;  incessant; 
  constant;  eternal.  See  {Constant}.