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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. one celestial body obscures another;
[syn: eclipse, occultation]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Occultation \Oc`cul*ta"tion\, n. [L. occultatio a hiding, fr. occultare, v. intens. of occulere: cf. F. occultation. See Occult.] 1. (Astron.) The hiding of a heavenly body from sight by the intervention of some other of the heavenly bodies; -- applied especially to eclipses of stars and planets by the moon, and to the eclipses of satellites of planets by their primaries. [1913 Webster] 2. (Fig.:) The state of being occult. [1913 Webster] The reappearance of such an author after those long periods of occultation. --Jeffrey. [1913 Webster] Circle of perpetual occultation. See under Circle. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Eclipse \E*clipse"\ ([-e]*kl[i^]ps"), n. [F. ['e]clipse, 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.] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] That fatal and perfidious bark, Built in the eclipse, and rigged with curses dark. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. The loss, usually temporary or partial, of light, brilliancy, luster, honor, consciousness, etc.; obscuration; gloom; darkness. [1913 Webster] All the posterity of our fist parents suffered a perpetual eclipse of spiritual life. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] As in the soft and sweet eclipse, When soul meets soul on lovers' lips. --Shelley. [1913 Webster] Annular eclipse. (Astron.) See under Annular. Cycle of eclipses. See under Cycle. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

occultation n 1: one celestial body obscures another [syn: eclipse, occultation]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

85 Moby Thesaurus words for "occultation": annular eclipse, blackout, blanketing, blocking, blotting out, burial, burying, cementwork, central eclipse, cloaking, clouding, coating, concealedness, concealment, coverage, covering, covering up, covertness, curtaining, darkening, deception, dematerialization, departure, disappearance, disappearing, dispersion, dissipation, dissolution, dissolving, eclipse, eclipsing, elimination, envelopment, enwrapment, enwrapping, erasure, evanescence, evaporation, extinction, fadeaway, fadeout, fading, going, hiddenness, hiding, incrustation, interment, invisibility, laying on, lunar eclipse, mantling, masking, melting, mystification, obduction, obscuration, obscurement, obscuring, overlaying, overspreading, pargeting, partial eclipse, passing, plasterwork, putting away, screening, secrecy, secretion, sheathing, shielding, shrouding, solar eclipse, stuccowork, subterfuge, superimposition, superposition, total eclipse, uncommunicativeness, upholstering, upholstery, vanishing, vanishing point, veiling, wipe, wrapping