Definitions for "Eclipsing binary"
binary oriented so stars eclipse each other.
a close binary that often cannot be separated, even with a telescope, but can be detected by changes in brightness caused by one component passing in front of the other, blocking out all, or some of its light
A binary system that is detected by the periodic eclipsing of each component star by the other. The resultant light curve shows primary eclipses when the dimmer star passes in front of the brighter star and a scondary eclipse or minimum when the brighter star eclipses the dimmer star. The component stars in an eclipsing binary are generally close to each other.