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eclipse

noun uk   /ɪˈklɪps/ us  

eclipse noun (SUN)

[C] an occasion when the sun disappears from view, either completely or partly, while the moon is moving between it and the Earth, or when the moon becomes darker while the shadow of the Earth moves over it: a solar/lunar eclipse On Wednesday there will be a total/partial eclipse of the sun.

eclipse noun (IMPORTANCE)

[S or U] literary a situation in which something becomes less important: The eclipse of the ruling political party was inevitable. His remarkable contribution to literature has been too long in eclipse.

eclipse

verb uk   /ɪˈklɪps/ us  

eclipse verb (SUN)

[T] to make an eclipse of the moon or sun: The moon will be totally eclipsed at 12.10 p.m.

eclipse verb (IMPORTANCE)

[T often passive] to make another person or thing seem much less important, good, or famous: The economy has eclipsed all other issues during this election campaign.
Translations of “eclipse”
in Korean (일식, 월식의) 식…
in Arabic كُسوف الشَّمْس, خُسوف القَمَر…
in French éclipse…
in Turkish güneş/ay tutulması…
in Italian eclissi…
in Chinese (Traditional) 太陽, 日蝕, 月蝕…
in Russian затмение…
in Polish zaćmienie…
in Spanish eclipse…
in Portuguese eclipse…
in German die Finsternis…
in Catalan eclipsi…
in Japanese 月食…
in Chinese (Simplified) 太阳, 日食, 月食…
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