Annular eclipse. (Astron.) See under Annular.Cycle of eclipses. See under Cycle.

(E*clipse"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Eclipsed (e*klipst"); p. pr. & vb. n. Eclipsing.]

1. To cause the obscuration of; to darken or hide; — said of a heavenly body; as, the moon eclipses the sun.

2. To obscure, darken, or extinguish the beauty, luster, honor, etc., of; to sully; to cloud; to throw into the shade by surpassing. "His eclipsed state." Dryden.

My joy of liberty is half eclipsed.

(E*clipse"), v. i. To suffer an eclipse.

While the laboring moon
Eclipses at their charms.

(E*clip"tic) n. [Cf. F. écliptique, L. linea ecliptica, Gr. 'ekleiptiko`s, prop. adj., of an eclipse, because in this circle eclipses of the sun and moon take place. See Ecliptic, a.]

1. (Astron.) A great circle of the celestial sphere, making an angle with the equinoctial of about 23° 28&prime. It is the apparent path of the sun, or the real path of the earth as seen from the sun.

2. (Geog.) A great circle drawn on a terrestrial globe, making an angle of 23° 28&prime with the equator; — used for illustrating and solving astronomical problems.

(E*clip"tic), a. [L. eclipticus belonging to an eclipse, Gr. 'ekleiptiko`s. See Eclipse.]

1. Pertaining to the ecliptic; as, the ecliptic way.

Eclectically to Ectoderm

(Ec*lec"tic*al*ly) adv. In an eclectic manner; by an eclectic method.

(Ec*lec"ti*cism) n. [Cf. F. éclecticisme. Cf. Electicism.] Theory or practice of an eclectic.

(Ec*legm") n. [F. éclegme, L. ecligma, fr. Gr. fr. to lick up.] (Med.) A medicine made by mixing oils with sirups. John Quincy.

(E*clipse") n. [F. éclipse, 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.

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.

That fatal and perfidious bark,
Built in the eclipse, and rigged with curses dark.

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

All the posterity of our fist parents suffered a perpetual eclipse of spiritual life.
Sir W. Raleigh.

As in the soft and sweet eclipse,
When soul meets soul on lovers' lips.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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