solar eclipse


: an eclipse of the sun by the moon see eclipse illustration

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Because of this arrangement, unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse can be enjoyed from anywhere the moon is present during the night. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 7 Nov. 2022 The smiling sun followed a partial solar eclipse Tuesday, though the two events were unrelated. Haley Chi-sing | Fox News, Fox News, 31 Oct. 2022 In 2023, a total solar eclipse, which will mainly be visible in the southern hemisphere, is on tap for April 20. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2022 Saturn’s direct motion will also coincide with the solar eclipse in Scorpio. Elizabeth Gulino,, 21 Oct. 2022 In addition to one more total lunar eclipse in 2022, there will also be a partial solar eclipse, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. Katie Hunt, Megan Marples And Ashley Strickland, CNN, 16 May 2022 The next time North America will be able to witness a solar eclipse in person is on Oct. 14, 2023. Leada Gore |, al, 25 Oct. 2022 North America will next see a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2022 The season culminates with a gag that — without revealing too much — requires the group to pull off a solar eclipse. Cat Cardenas, Rolling Stone, 27 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of solar eclipse was in 1602

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“Solar eclipse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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solar eclipse

: an eclipse of the sun by the moon

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