stealth

[ stelth ]
/ stɛlθ /

noun

secret, clandestine, or surreptitious procedure.
a furtive departure or entrance.
Obsolete.
  1. an act of stealing; theft.
  2. the thing stolen; booty.
(initial capital letter)Military. a U.S. Air Force project involving a range of technologies, with the purpose of developing aircraft that are difficult to detect by sight, sound, radar, and infrared energy.

adjective

not openly acknowledged; surreptitious; secret: a stealth hiring of the competitor's CEO;the stealth issue of the presidential race.

Origin of stealth

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English stelthe, stelth; compare Old English stælthing “theft.” See steal, -th1

OTHER WORDS FROM stealth

stealthful, adjectivestealth·ful·ly, adverbstealthless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stealth (1 of 2)

stealth
/ (stɛlθ) /

noun

the act or characteristic of moving with extreme care and quietness, esp so as to avoid detectionthe stealth of a cat
cunning or underhand procedure or dealing
archaic the act of stealing

Derived forms of stealth

stealthful, adjective

Word Origin for stealth

C13 stelthe; see steal, -th 1

British Dictionary definitions for stealth (2 of 2)

Stealth
/ (stɛlθ) /

noun

(modifier) informal denoting or referring to technology that aims to reduce the radar, thermal, and acoustic recognizability of aircraft and missiles
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