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Main Entry: 1eclipse
Pronunciation: i-'klips
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin eclipsis, from Greek ekleipsis, from ekleipein to omit, fail, suffer eclipse, from ex- + leipein to leave -- more at LOAN
Date: 13th century
1 a : the total or partial obscuring of one celestial body by another b : the passing into the shadow of a celestial body -- compare OCCULTATION, TRANSIT
2 : a falling into obscurity or decline; also : the state of being eclipsed <his reputation has fallen into eclipse>
3 : the state of being in eclipse plumage
[eclipse illustration]