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Origin and Meaning of Eclipse

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun E*clipse"
  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."That fatal and perfidious bark, Built in the eclipse, and rigged with curses dark." [Milton.]
  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." [Shelley.]

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.

Etymology: 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

verb E*clipse"
  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 eclipsedstate." [Dryden.]"My joy of liberty is half eclipsed." [Shak.]
verb E*clipse"
To suffer an eclipse.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. One celestial body obscures another
  2. Cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention ("The Sun eclipses the moon today")
  3. Be greater in significance than

From Old French eclipse, from Latin eclīpsis, from Ancient Greek ἔκλειψις (ékleipsis, “eclipse”), from ἐκλείπω (ekleípō, “I abandon, got missing, vanish”), from ἐκ (ek, “out”) and λείπω (leípō, “I leave behind”).

  1. (astronomy) An alignment of astronomical objects whereby one object comes between the observer (or notional observer) and another object, thus obscuring the latter.
  2. Especially, an alignment whereby 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 planetary object onto the other planetary object.
  3. A seasonal state of plumage in some birds, notably ducks, adopted temporarily after the breeding season and characterised by a dull and scruffy appearance.
  4. Obscurity, decline, downfall

eclipse was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Galician, Latin, Old French, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Eclipse

Jade Blue Eclipse is a notable person. Jade was given the name Takako in Nagasaki, Japan.


Fun Facts about the name Eclipse

  • When was the first name Eclipse first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Eclipse is Tuesday, July 25th, 1911.
  • How unique is the name Eclipse? From 1880 to 2015 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Eclipse. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Eclipse: Your name in reverse order is Espilce. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iceeslp. How do you pronounce that?

What Eclipse's Have Visited This Page?

What does the name Eclipse mean?

Eis for exotic, no lack of spirit here!

Cis for creative, ideas aplenty

Lis for listen, one of your best traits.

Iis for intriguing, arousing the curiosity of others

Pis for proud, you can hold your head up!

Sis for special, you are, you know!

Eis for empathy, and your consideration for the feelings of others

Past life for Eclipse born Feb 21, 2016

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central India approximately on 1675. Your profession was leader, major, and captain.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main task - to make the world more beautiful. Physical and spiritual deserts are just waiting for your touch. Keep smiling!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.