- 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
Synonyms for occult
Related Words for occultedplant, hide, stash, conceal, disguise, bury, smuggle, secrete, occult, screen, cache, enshroud, shroud, ensconce, shield, eclipse, duck, ditch, mask, cloak
Examples from the Web for occulted
Historical Examples of occulted
(Callisto) was occulted by the planet's disc; while Satellite II.Astronomy of To-day
Cecil G. Dolmage
Calvisius supposed that the occulted “star” might have been Aldebaran.
Mercury is said to have been occulted by Venus in the year 1737.
A faintest, tiny blur against the stars, a few of them occulted as though an invisible shadow were upon them.Brigands of the Moon
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
adjective (ɒˈkʌlt, ˈɒkʌlt)
- of or characteristic of magical, mystical, or supernatural arts, phenomena, or influences
- (as noun)the occult
Word Origin for occult
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.