total eclipse


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total eclipse

n.
An eclipse in which the entire surface of a celestial body is obscured.

total eclipse

n
(Astronomy) an eclipse as seen from a particular area of the earth's surface where the eclipsed body is completely hidden. Compare annular eclipse, partial eclipse

to′tal eclipse′


n.
an eclipse in which the surface of the eclipsed body is completely obscured.
[1665–75]
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Noun1.total eclipse - an eclipse as seen from a place where the eclipsed body is completely obscuredtotal eclipse - an eclipse as seen from a place where the eclipsed body is completely obscured
eclipse, occultation - one celestial body obscures another
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I knew that the only total eclipse of the sun in the first half of the sixth century occurred on the 21st of June, A.
"And why," asked Nicholl, "is there no total eclipse? Does not the cone of the shadow cast by the earth extend beyond the moon?"
"Very good; then here we have it--'4 June, total eclipse of the moon commences at 8.15 Greenwich time, visible in Teneriffe--/South Africa/, &c.' There's a sign for you.
For miles he had sensed the approach of succour, and but for that single tell-tale glance the battleship would have been directly above us in another moment, and the boarding party which was doubtless even now swinging in their harness from the ship's keel, would have swarmed our deck, placing my rising hope of escape in sudden and total eclipse.
My emotions expressed themselves in pathetic apostrophes, which I was just self-possessed enough to couple, in the hearing of other people, with the name of "Lady Glyde." In all other respects Fosco, on that memorable day, was Fosco shrouded in total eclipse.
It is a precarious kind of property, too; a succession of total eclipses would probably ruin this tavern.
With the death of this personage, Mr Wegg terminated his first reading; long before which consummation several total eclipses of Mrs Boffin's candle behind her black velvet disc, would have been very alarming, but for being regularly accompanied by a potent smell of burnt pens when her feathers took fire, which acted as a restorative and woke her.
A total eclipse of the Sun will occur today (Tuesday).
In the last "Caf de las Ciencias" the news that everyone is talking about was addressed: the next total eclipse of the Sun.
"The people who see the total eclipse are in the center of the Moon's shadow when it hits Earth."
The total eclipse will last between 4:41 and 5:43 in the UK.
The total eclipse will peak at 8.13am, and this phase will end at 8.44am.

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