eclipse

Have you ever seen an eclipse? That's when the sun, earth or moon cross paths and cover each other up temporarily.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon blocks our view of the sun for a bit. A lunar eclipse happens when the moon is on one side of the earth and the sun directly opposite, so the moon disappears. A TV eclipse, perhaps the most serious of all, is when your dad walks in at the most crucial part of the movie and blocks your view of the TV while he lectures about taking out the trash.

Definitions of eclipse
  1. noun
    the phenomenon when one celestial body obscures another
    synonyms: occultation
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    solar eclipse
    the moon interrupts light from the sun
    lunar eclipse
    the earth interrupts light shining on the moon
    total eclipse
    an eclipse as seen from a place where the eclipsed body is completely obscured
    partial eclipse
    an eclipse in which the eclipsed body is only partially obscured
    annular eclipse
    only a thin outer disk of the sun can be seen
    type of:
    break, interruption
    some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
  2. verb
    cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention
    “The Sun eclipses the moon today”
    synonyms: occult
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    type of:
    overshadow
    cast a shadow upon
  3. verb
    be greater in significance than
    synonyms: dominate, overshadow
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    type of:
    brood, bulk large, hover, loom
    hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
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