obscuration (n.) late 15c., from L. obscurationem (nom. obscuratio) "a darkening, obscuring," noun of action from pp. stem of obscurare (see OBSCURE (Cf. obscure) (v.)).

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  • obscuration — ⇒OBSCURATION, subst. fém. A. ASTRON. Obscurcissement provoqué par une éclipse. (Dict. XIXe et XXe s.). P. métaph. Mes dispositions intérieures (...) sont toujours tristes et mes facultés intellectuelles toujours embarrassées, tantôt précipitées,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Obscuration — Ob scu*ra tion, n. [L. obscurativ: cf. F. obscuration. See {Obscure}, v. t. ] The act or operation of obscuring; the state of being obscured; as, the obscuration of the moon in an eclipse. Sir J. Herschel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obscuration — I noun adumbration, blackout, blur, cloud, concealment, darkening, darkness, dimming, dimness, disappearance, faintness, fogginess, fuzziness, gloom, gloominess, indistinctness, obfuscation, obliteration, obscurity, occupation, opacity,… …   Law dictionary

  • obscuration — [äb΄skyo͞o rā′shən] n. [L obscuratio] an obscuring or being obscured …   English World dictionary

  • obscuration —    The term obscuration comes from the Latin adjective obscurus, which means dark. It translates as darkening . The term is used to denote a transient loss of visual perception. Such losses of visual perception typically last no longer than a few …   Dictionary of Hallucinations

  • OBSCURATION — n. f. T. d’Astronomie Obscurcissement causé par une éclipse. La période d’obscuration …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • obscuration — /ob skyoo ray sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of obscuring. 2. the state of being obscured. [1425 75; late ME < L obscuration (s. of obscuratio) a darkening, equiv. to obscurat(us), ptp. of obscurare (obscur(us) dark + atus ATE1) + ion ION; see ATION] * * …   Universalium

  • obscuration — /ɒbskjuˈreɪʃən/ (say obskyooh rayshuhn) noun 1. the act of obscuring. 2. the state of being obscured. {Latin obscūrātiōn , stem of obscūrātiō} …  

  • obscuration — obscure ► ADJECTIVE (obscurer, obscurest) 1) not discovered or known about; uncertain. 2) not well known. 3) not clearly expressed or easily understood. 4) hard to make out; indistinct. ► VERB ▪ conceal or make unclear …   English terms dictionary

  • obscuration — ˌäbzkyəˈrāshən, bsk noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin obscuration , obscuratio, from obscuratus (past participle of obscurare to obscure) + ion , io ion : an act of obscuring or the quality or state of being obscured …   Useful english dictionary

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