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
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n the phenomenon when one celestial body obscures another

Synonyms:
occultation
Types:
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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

v cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention

“The Sun eclipses the moon today”
Synonyms:
occult
Type of:
overshadow
cast a shadow upon

v be greater in significance than

Synonyms:
dominate, overshadow
Type of:
brood, bulk large, hover, loom
hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing

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