Definition of Occultation

1. Noun. One celestial body obscures another.

Exact synonyms: Eclipse
Terms within: Egress, Emersion, Immersion, Ingress
Generic synonyms: Break, Interruption
Specialized synonyms: Solar Eclipse, Lunar Eclipse, Total Eclipse, Partial Eclipse
Derivative terms: Eclipse



Definition of Occultation

1. n. 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.

Definition of Occultation

1. Noun. (astronomy) An astronomical event that occurs when one celestial object is hidden by another celestial object that passes between it and the observer when the nearer object appears larger and completely hides the more distant object ¹

2. Noun. (context: Shiite Islam), Describes the state of an imam that has been hidden by Allah. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Occultation

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Medical Definition of Occultation

1. 1. 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. 2. The state of being occult. "The reappearance of such an author after those long periods of occultation." (Jeffrey) Circle of perpetual occultation. See Circle. Origin: L. Occultatio a hiding, fr. Occultare, v. Intens. Of occulere: cf.F. Occultation. See Occult. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Occultation

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occult carcinoma
occult fracture
occult hydrocephalus
occultation (current term)
occultations
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occultism
occultisms
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occultists
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occultness

Literary usage of Occultation

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1. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society by Royal Astronomical Society (1870)
"(d) Eclipse, reappearance 7 18 26^3 E. (a) Owing to the path of the satellite cutting the disc of the planet at a very small chord, and the occultation ..."

2. American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge edited by Jared Sparks, Johann Schobert, Francis Bowen, George Partridge Sanger (1831)
"occultation OF A STAB BY A PLANET. March nth. occultation of the Star A 1 $ by ... This will probably be an occultation throughout a very large part of the ..."

3. A Handbook of Descriptive and Practical Astronomy by George Frederick Chambers (1889)
"occultation by a young Moon.—Effect of the Horizontal Parallax. ... Strictly speaking, an eclipse of the Sun is an occultation of that luminary by the Moon, ..."

4. The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year edited by Jared Sparks, Johann Schobert, Francis Bowen, George Partridge Sanger (1833)
"occultation of x Щ. March 28. occultation of Aldebaran. Emersion . ... occultation of 9 Щ. Emersion . . . . 9 48 10 { 6 34 J centre. Immersion .... 9h. 46m. ..."

5. Popular Astronomy: A General Description of the Heavens by Camille Flammarion (1894)
"On the other hand, we can accurately determine by calculation what line the star follows behind the lunar disc during its occultation, and deduce the time ..."

6. The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year (1831)
"This will probably be an occultation throughout a very large part of the United States ... occultation of the Planet Venus. Contact nearest limbs of D & ? ..."

7. Proceedings and Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada: Déliberations by Royal Society of Canada (1890)
"... case of an occultation. The earth thus becomes a circular disc upon the plane of the paper, and the moon a circular disc, a little more than one-fourth ..."

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