Oc`cul*ta"tion (?), n. [L. occultatio a hiding, fr. occultare, v. intens. of occulere: cf.F. occultation. See Occult.]

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.


Fig.: The state of being occult.

The reappearance of such an author after those long periods of occultation. Jeffrey.

Circle of perpetual occultation. See under Circle.


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