Annular eclipse
Eclipse E*clipse" ([-e]*kl[i^]ps"), n. [F. ['e]clipse, L. eclipsis, fr. Gr. 'e`kleipsis, prop., a forsaking, failing, fr. 'eklei`pein to leave out, forsake; 'ek out + lei`pein 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

That fatal and perfidious bark, Built in the eclipse, and rigged with curses dark. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. The loss, usually temporary or partial, of light, brilliancy, luster, honor, consciousness, etc.; obscuration; gloom; darkness. [1913 Webster]

All the posterity of our fist parents suffered a perpetual eclipse of spiritual life. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

As in the soft and sweet eclipse, When soul meets soul on lovers' lips. --Shelley. [1913 Webster]

{Annular eclipse}. (Astron.) See under {Annular}.

{Cycle of eclipses}. See under {Cycle}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Annular eclipse — Annular An nu*lar, a. [L. annularis, fr. annulis ring: cf. F. annulaire.] 1. Pertaining to, or having the form of, a ring; forming a ring; ringed; ring shaped; as, annular fibers. [1913 Webster] 2. Banded or marked with circles. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • annular eclipse — n. an eclipse in which a ring of sunlight can be seen around the disk of the moon …   English World dictionary

  • annular eclipse — žiedinis užtemimas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. annular eclipse; ring like eclipse vok. ringförmige Finsternis, f rus. кольцеобразное затмение, n pranc. éclipse annulaire, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • Annular Eclipse —    A partial eclipse of the Sun, which looks like a ring of sunlight in the sky.    This is caused when the Moon is too distant from the Earth to appear to completely cover the Sun. See Eclipse and Total Eclipse …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

  • annular eclipse — an eclipse of the sun in which a portion of its surface is visible as a ring surrounding the dark moon. Cf. total eclipse. [1720 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • annular eclipse — an′nular eclipse′ n. astron. an eclipse of the sun in which a portion of its surface is visible as a ring surrounding the dark moon • Etymology: 1720–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • annular eclipse — /ænjələr iˈklɪps/ (say anyuhluhr ee klips) noun an eclipse of the sun in which a portion of its surface is visible as a ring surrounding the dark moon (opposed to total eclipse) …   Australian English dictionary

  • annular eclipse — noun Date: circa 1751 an eclipse in which a thin outer ring of the sun s disk is not covered by the smaller dark disk of the moon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • annular eclipse — noun a solar eclipse in which the thin outer disk of the sun can be seen as a ring around the moon …   Wiktionary

  • annular eclipse — noun an eclipse of the sun in which the edge of the sun remains visible as a bright ring around the moon …   English new terms dictionary

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