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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 of total eclipse
1665-1675
1665-75
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  • Hind found that this was a total eclipse, and that the northern limit of totality passed about 100 miles south of Worms.

    The Story of Eclipses George Chambers
  • Such clouds have been observed at all these three stages of a total eclipse.

    The Story of Eclipses George Chambers
  • The meteorological bureau is a little hazy yet on the exact date of the total eclipse, but it's due to happen any minute.

    The Miracle Man Frank L. Packard
  • In 1806 a total eclipse of the Sun occurred, visible in N. America.

    The Story of Eclipses George Chambers
  • Johnson found that a total eclipse of the Moon happened in the early evening of Jan. 30.

    The Story of Eclipses George Chambers
  • On the 18th August in that year a total eclipse was visible in India.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • Finally his total eclipse took place, and he agreed to be the attendant, the confidential servant, of his old comrade.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • I suppose we have all seen one total eclipse, and we may see another.

    The Art of Illustration Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • A little cold in the eyes, a little redness around them and a total eclipse of sight.

  • To offend your Union, dear boy, is to accomplish the total eclipse of your future.

    The Blower of Bubbles Arthur Beverley Baxter
British Dictionary definitions for total eclipse

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 in Science
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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