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#205438 - 04/12/12 02:31 AM Such a simple word... Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613 Jackie
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...yet I didn't know it. I was reading about this weekend being a good time to observe Saturn, and saw: It is from such occultations that we learned the particulate nature of Saturn's rings.
From Collins Dict.: occultation (ˌɒkʌlˈteɪʃən)
1.the temporary disappearance of one celestial body as it moves out of sight behind another body
2.the act of occulting or the state of being occulted
I will say in my defense that Onelook had only a handful of offerings for this word.
#205444 - 04/12/12 03:46 AM Re: Such a simple word... [Re: Jackie] Joined: Apr 2000
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this too shall pass
OTOH, "We found 55 dictionaries with English definitions that include the word occult" - I suppose not all of these include the verb form, but the first few I looked at all did..
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