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Definition 1: one celestial body obscures another - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for eclipse in the sense of this definition

(eclipse is a kind of ...) some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity

"the telephone is an annoying interruption" "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"

(... is a kind of eclipse ) the moon interrupts light from the sun

(... is a kind of eclipse ) the earth interrupts light shining on the moon

(... is a kind of eclipse ) an eclipse as seen from a place where the eclipsed body is completely obscured

(... is a kind of eclipse ) an eclipse in which the eclipsed body is only partially obscured

(eclipse is a part of ...) (astronomy) the reappearance of a celestial body after an eclipse

(eclipse is a part of ...) (astronomy) the disappearance of a celestial body prior to an eclipse

Definition 2: cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention - [verb of perception]

Samples where eclipse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The Sun eclipses the moon today
  • Planets and stars often are occulted by other celestial bodies

Synonyms for eclipse in the sense of this definition

(eclipse is a kind of ...) cast a shadow upon

"The tall tree overshadowed the house"

Definition 3: be greater in significance than - [verb of stative]

Samples where eclipse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the tragedy overshadowed the couple's happiness

Synonyms for eclipse in the sense of this definition

(eclipse is a kind of ...) hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing

"The terrible vision brooded over her all day long"

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