Meaning of total eclipse in English:

total eclipse


  • An eclipse in which the whole of the disc of the sun or moon is obscured.

    ‘Although they are by no means as striking as total eclipses, annular eclipses can afford a semblance of the experience.’
    • ‘The last total eclipse, solar eclipse in Antarctica, was just over a century ago.’
    • ‘The most favourable conditions for a total eclipse are when the Moon is at its perigee, Earth is farthest from the Sun (around July) and when the Sun is observed near zenith.’
    • ‘The total eclipse begins when the Moon is fully inside the umbra.’
    • ‘The problem is that starlight passing so close by the Sun is drowned in the solar glare at all times except during a total eclipse, and so Eddington proposed making observations during such an event.’
    • ‘In fact they are a perfect match, as can be witnessed at a total eclipse, the Moon's disc fitting exactly over the Sun's.’
    • ‘The bare observation of the total eclipse tells you that on that date the Sun, Moon, and Athens were aligned (to within a tolerance equal to the width of the eclipse track, which is equivalent to a few minutes of time).’
    • ‘Two ‘three-star’ events draw the eye to the sky this month: a transit of Mercury and a total eclipse of the Moon.’
    • ‘A total eclipse of the Moon is staged for the Eastern Hemisphere on January 9.’
    • ‘This event is a total eclipse of the Moon which will be visible from North and South America as well as Europe, Africa and Antarctica.’
    • ‘There's going to be a total eclipse of the moon tonight.’
    • ‘There's a total eclipse of the Moon tomorrow evening.’
    • ‘Less than six months after the lunar eclipse in May, the Moon will again undergo total eclipse, this time on the 8th.’
    • ‘No doubt hotel owners and tourist agencies there rubbed their hands in glee when they discovered this: two total eclipses within seven years!’
    • ‘When near perigee its disk appears comparatively large and so can cover the Sun completely - a total eclipse.’
    • ‘Another great event occurred in the British Isles in A.D. 664: a total eclipse of the Sun.’
    • ‘South Africa will experience its next partial eclipse next year, while a total eclipse is not expected until 2030.’
    • ‘Several total eclipses crossed North America during the nineteenth century, and each has an interesting story to be told about it, although no other had the same order of significance as that of 1806.’
    • ‘Therefore he appealed to all New York residents to note where they were - on the roof of their apartment building, for example, or at a particular road intersection - and report whether they saw a total eclipse or not.’
    • ‘Partial eclipses, while not as eerie or dramatic as total eclipses, are still good.’