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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 eclip·tic /ɪˈklɪptɪk/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 e·clip·tic n.
 1. Astron. A great circle of the celestial sphere, making an angle with the equinoctial of about 23° 28´. It is the apparent path of the sun, or the real path of the earth as seen from the sun.
 2. Geog. A great circle drawn on a terrestrial globe, making an angle of 23° 28´ with the equator; -- used for illustrating and solving astronomical problems.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 E·clip·tic, a.
 1. Pertaining to the ecliptic; as, the ecliptic way.
 2. Pertaining to an eclipse or to eclipses.
 Lunar ecliptic limit Astron., the space of 12° on the moon's orbit from the node, within which, if the moon happens to be at full, it will be eclipsed.
 Solar ecliptic limit, the space of 17° from the lunar node, within which, if a conjunction of the sun and moon occur, the sun will be eclipsed.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the great circle representing the apparent annual path of
          the sun; the plane of the Earth's orbit around the sun;
          makes an angle of about 23 degrees with the equator; "all
          of the planets rotate the sun in approximately the same