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 for occultation
From 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
     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.
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     2. (Fig.:) The state of being occult.
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              The reappearance of such an author after those long
              periods of occultation.               --Jeffrey.
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     Circle of perpetual occultation. See under Circle.
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From 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.
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     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.
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                 That fatal and perfidious bark,
                 Built in the eclipse, and rigged with curses
                 dark.                              --Milton.
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     2. The loss, usually temporary or partial, of light,
        brilliancy, luster, honor, consciousness, etc.;
        obscuration; gloom; darkness.
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              All the posterity of our fist parents suffered a
              perpetual eclipse of spiritual life.  --Sir W.
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              As in the soft and sweet eclipse,
              When soul meets soul on lovers' lips. --Shelley.
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     Annular eclipse. (Astron.) See under Annular.
     Cycle of eclipses. See under Cycle.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: one celestial body obscures another [syn: eclipse,

From 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

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