- the state of becoming hidden or of disappearing from view
- Astron. the disappearance of a celestial body behind a closer, apparently larger celestial body
Origin of occultationMiddle English occultacioun from Classical Latin occultatio, a hiding from occultus: see occult
- The act of occulting or the state of being occulted.
- Astronomy a. The passage of a celestial object across the line of sight between an observer and another celestial object, as when the moon moves between Earth and the sun in a solar eclipse.b. The progressive blocking and unblocking of light or other electromagnetic radiation from a celestial source during such a passage: a lunar occultation of a quasar; a planetary occultation of a star.c. An observational technique for determining the position or radiant structure of a celestial source undergoing such occultation or of the object causing the occultation.
- Islam The temporary, supernatural removal of a holy person from visible existence, as Shiites believe is the case with the 12th imam.
Origin of occultationMiddle English occultacion from Latin occultātiō occultātiōn- from occultātus past participle of occultāre frequentative of occulere to conceal ; see occult .
- (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
- The state of being occult.
- (Shia Islam) Of the state of an imam that has been hidden by Allah.
- The example of the Imam in occultation is like the sun behind the clouds. You may not see it, but it continues to sustain and aid you.