- not apparent on mere inspection but discoverable by experimentation.
- of a nature not understood, as physical qualities.
- dealing with such qualities; experimental: occult science.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of occult
Examples from the Web for occulted
A faintest, tiny blur against the stars, a few of them occulted as though an invisible shadow were upon them.Brigands of the Moon|Ray Cummings
In another moment the higher of the villas that had clambered up the hill from Burdock had occulted the running figure.The Invisible Man|H. G. Wells
Indicating it as being vital and intrinsic, at one with the occulted sources of Life.Feminism and Sex-Extinction|Arabella Kenealy
It was a remote star, one of myriads in the constellations at large, the definite groups which occulted in the void before me.Old Junk|H. M. Tomlinson
First, when the moon is occulted by the earth it is believed to be devoured by some evil demon, or by wolves or dogs.Moon Lore|Timothy Harley
British Dictionary definitions for occulted
adjective (ɒˈkʌlt, ˈɒkʌlt)
- of or characteristic of magical, mystical, or supernatural arts, phenomena, or influences
- (as noun)the occult
Word Origin for occult
Word Origin and History for occulted
1530s, "secret, not divulged," from Middle French occulte and directly from Latin occultus "hidden, concealed, secret," past participle of occulere "cover over, conceal," from ob "over" (see ob-) + a verb related to celare "to hide," from PIE root *kel- "to hide" (see cell). Meaning "not apprehended by the mind, beyond the range of understanding" is from 1540s. The association with the supernatural sciences (magic, alchemy, astrology, etc.) dates from 1630s.