Definition of in eclipse in English:

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in eclipse

1Losing or having lost significance or power: his political power was in eclipse
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  • After 1945 European power was increasingly in eclipse, although this was not always apparent to those who held power or to their supporters.
  • That idea has long been in eclipse, and today it lies outside the mainstream of political opinion.
  • At the end of WWI, with the Ottoman Empire in eclipse, they had the chance to expand influence in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Palestine etc and control both the geopolitics and the economy.
2 Ornithology (Especially of a male duck) in its eclipse plumage: almost all the garganeys which reach Australia are in eclipse
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  • Some species, like the ruddy, remain in eclipse until the next breeding season.
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