- an act of stealing; theft.
- the thing stolen; booty.
Origin of stealth
OTHER WORDS FROM stealthstealthful, adjectivestealth·ful·ly, adverbstealthless, adjective
Words nearby stealth
MORE ABOUT STEALTH
What does stealth mean?
Stealth is a specific way of acting or moving that is intended to be secret or of avoiding detection, as in The cat used its stealth to sneak up on the unsuspecting mouse.
Stealth is also used to describe something that is secret or is trying to avoid detection, as in The thieves organized a stealth meeting, away from the watchful eyes of the detectives.
The adjectives stealthful and stealthy are used to describe something that uses stealth, as in The stealthy fox managed to avoid getting caught by the farmer’s dogs.
Stealthily and stealthfully are used to describe something done with stealth, as in Santa Claus stealthily slipped the Christmas presents into the stockings to avoid waking the children.
Example: The spy used cunning and stealth to sneak into the embassy and smuggle out the documents.
Where does stealth come from?
The first records of stealth come from around 1200. It comes from Middle English stelthe or stelth and is related to the Old English stælthing, meaning “theft.” Stealth used to mean “theft” or the act of stealing, but this usage is now considered obsolete.
In popular culture, stealth is often an important quality for sneaky persons, such as spies, thieves, secret agents, and ninjas. Often, these crafty people have fancy gadgets or technology that allow them to avoid detection and enhance their stealth. In gaming, a character will often have a “stealth skill” to express how good (or bad) they are at sneaking around and avoiding getting found by enemies.
In real life, stealth is equally important for people or things that are trying to avoid being caught. For example, stealth jets and similar aircraft are designed to be difficult to see against the sky or to avoid radar equipment.
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What are some other forms related to stealth?
- stealthful (adjective)
- stealthily (adverb)
- stealthless (adjective)
What are some synonyms for stealth?
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How is stealth used in real life?
Stealth is a commonly used word to describe attempts at avoiding detection or being sneaky.
Is there any article to read about how Submarines use stealth tech? I wanna read about it.
— अंकित जैन (@indiantweeter) September 15, 2020
I turn into a master of stealth when I see someone I recognize.
— Matt Nedostup (@nedostup) June 15, 2015
When I was 10 I used to want to be a secret agent so bad I snuck into my kitchen at 4am and made pancakes just to test my stealth skills
— Jimmy Tatro (@JimmyTatro) July 3, 2013
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Which of the following words would NOT be a synonym of stealth?
How to use stealth in a sentence
When Cerebras first came out of stealth last year, the company said it could significantly speed up the training of deep learning models.The Trillion-Transistor Chip That Just Left a Supercomputer in the Dust|Jason Dorrier|November 22, 2020|Singularity Hub
In two years, the Cardinals have transformed from humiliation to stealth Super Bowl threat.Kyler Murray runs out of miracles as Seahawks hang on to take over first place in NFC West|Mark Maske|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Statespace launched out of stealth in 2017 with a product called Aim Lab.Gaming startup Statespace raises $29 million, tops 1.5 million MAUs|Jordan Crook|November 12, 2020|TechCrunch
I can’t think of any other multiplayer experience that put so many resources into building a compelling stealth experience to play with friends.
The pressure you put on an area depends in part on your stealth and on the species you’re targeting, though Cobbs says environmental factors—temperature, rain, barometric pressure—seem to affect fish more than human pressure.
Another senior Air Force official with stealth fighter experience agreed.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019|Dave Majumdar|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
High flying and fast, the F-22 Raptor stealth jet is by far the most lethal fighter America has ever built.
That means it could take several missile shots to kill an enemy fighter, even for an advanced stealth aircraft like the Raptor.
The Chinese military has a new stealth jet, but what messages are they sending as it is prepared for active service?
Think advanced unmanned vehicles, all-aspect, broadband stealth, and undersea warfare.The Pentagon May Finally Have a Plan to Keep America on Top|Bill Sweetman|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nonjurors and Scotch Episcopalians could only meet by stealth in private houses.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century|Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
Then why these secret messages, and the gold thread, and the gardener's child's coat to be got by stealth?Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays|Various
But when Peter the Hermit took flight by stealth, the whole army raged in despair.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
And, as for the other band, these shall advance with stealth upon the open and hide behind the rocks.Menotah|Ernest G. Henham
The older men visited their homes on "leave of absence," (p. 027) the younger by stealth at night.