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eclipse plumage

  

      n   seasonal plumage that occurs in certain birds after the breeding plumage and before the winter plumage: is characterized by dull coloration  
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eclipse  
      n  
1    the total or partial obscuring of one celestial body by another. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth; a lunar eclipse when the earth passes between the sun and the moon  
   See also       total eclipse       partial eclipse       annular eclipse  
  
Compare  
    occultation  
2    the period of time during which such a phenomenon occurs  
3    any dimming or obstruction of light  
4    a loss of importance, power, fame, etc., esp. through overshadowing by another  
      vb   tr  
5    to cause an eclipse of  
6    to cast a shadow upon; darken; obscure  
7    to overshadow or surpass in importance, power, etc.  
     (C13: back formation from Old English eclypsis, from Latin eclipsis, from Greek ekleipsis a forsaking, from ekleipein to abandon, from leipein to leave)  
  eclipser      n  


annular eclipse  
      n   an eclipse of the sun in which the moon does not cover the entire disc of the sun, so that a ring of sunlight surrounds the shadow of the moon  
   Compare       total eclipse       partial eclipse  
eclipse plumage  
      n   seasonal plumage that occurs in certain birds after the breeding plumage and before the winter plumage: is characterized by dull coloration  
lunar eclipse  
      n      See       eclipse       1  
partial eclipse  
      n   an eclipse, esp. of the sun, in which the body is only partially hidden  
   Compare       total eclipse       annular eclipse  
solar eclipse  
      n      See       eclipse       1  
total eclipse  
      n   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  

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eclipse

  

      vb  
1    blot out, cloud, darken, dim, extinguish, obscure, overshadow, shroud, veil  
2    exceed, excel, outdo, outshine, put in the shade     (informal)   surpass, transcend  
      n  
3    darkening, dimming, extinction, obscuration, occultation, shading  
4    decline, diminution, failure, fall, loss  

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