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noun 
  1. An astronomical alignment in which a planetary object (for example, the Moon) comes between the sun and another planetary object (for example, the Earth), resulting in a shadow being cast by the middle object onto the other object.
  2. A seasonal state of plumage in some birds, notably ducks, adopted temporarily after the breeding season and characterised by a dull and scruffy appearance.
verb (eclipses, eclipsing, eclipsed)
  1. (transitive) Of atronomical bodies, to cause an eclipse.
The Moon eclipsed the Sun.
  1. (transitive) To overshadow; to be better or more noticeable than.
The student"s skills soon eclipsed those of his teacher.
Etymology: From eclipsis < Ancient Greek (polytonic, á) (ekleipsis) "eclipse" < (polytonic, á) (ekleipÅ) "I abandon" < (polytonic, á) (ek) "out" and (polytonic, ) (leipÅ) "I leave behind"


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