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total eclipse

noun
1.
an eclipse in which the surface of the eclipsed body is completely obscured.
Compare annular eclipse.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75
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  • During a total eclipse, the moon completely blots out the sun.
  • Unlike the sun, the moon doesn't go dark during its total eclipse.
  • Once she was present at a total eclipse of the sun and lived to tell the tale.
  • Both locations had clear skies, and the astronomers took several pictures during the six minutes of total eclipse.
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total eclipse

noun
1.
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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total eclipse
  (tōt'l)   
An eclipse in which the entire surface of a celestial object is obscured. See more at eclipse.
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