- secret, clandestine, or surreptitious procedure.
- a furtive departure or entrance.
- an act of stealing; theft.
- 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.
- surreptitious; secret; not openly acknowledged: a stealth hiring of the competitor's CEO; the stealth issue of the presidential race.
Origin of stealth
Examples from the Web for stealth
Another senior Air Force official with stealth fighter experience agreed.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
High flying and fast, the F-22 Raptor stealth jet is by far the most lethal fighter America has ever built.Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets
December 4, 2014
The U.S. Navy is slowly preparing the first of its massive, 15,500-ton Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers for sea next year.Can the Navy's $12 Billion Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat?
October 22, 2014
A couple of years later, the stealth world did start to open up.
An independent “stealth expert” was a writer whom nobody had heard from before, and nobody heard from afterward.
He drew no water but by stealth and under the cloak of night.The Uncommercial Traveller
We do good by stealth, and blush to have it mentioned in our little bills.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Some of our clergy have slipt in by stealth now and then; but they have got up a farce of their own.The Letters of Robert Burns
Of course for this action to be successful, it had to be performed with the stealth of sneak-thieves.Pariah Planet
But they planned on carrying out their investigations by stealth.
- 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
- (modifier) informal denoting or referring to technology that aims to reduce the radar, thermal, and acoustic recognizability of aircraft and missiles
Word Origin and History for stealth
mid-13c., "theft, action or practice of stealing," from Old English *stælþ, which is related to stelen (see steal (v.)), from Proto-Germanic *stælitho (cf. Old Norse stulþr), with Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)). Sense of "secret action" developed c.1300, but the word also retained its etymological sense into 18c. Got a boost as an adjective from stealth fighter, stealth bomber, radar-evading U.S. military aircraft, activated 1983.