stealth

noun
\ ˈstelth How to pronounce stealth (audio) \

Definition of stealth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a archaic : theft
b obsolete : something stolen
2 : the act or action of proceeding furtively, secretly, or imperceptibly the state moves by stealth to gather information— Nat Hentoff
3 : the state of being furtive or unobtrusive
4 : an aircraft-design characteristic consisting of oblique angular construction and avoidance of vertical surfaces that is intended to produce a very weak radar return

stealth

adjective

Definition of stealth (Entry 2 of 2)

: intended not to attract attention : stealthy a stealth campaign

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Examples of stealth in a Sentence

Noun

The fox uses stealth and cunning to hunt its prey.

Adjective

the SWAT team carried out a stealth raid on the house, which was believed to be harboring a terrorist cell

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Police say the suspect was armed with a .45 caliber handgun with a silencer, believed to be used for stealth and to keep victims from knowing where the attacker was in the building. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump meets with Theresa May, Tiananmen Square protests 30 years later: 5 things to know Tuesday," 4 June 2019 The service has been operational in stealth for the last eight months, with members buying more than ten items a week, according to Bloomberg, with thousands of people already lined up on J’s waiting list. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Walmart launches exclusive personal shopping service that you text," 1 June 2018 Considering how infrared stealth is increasingly coming to the battlefield, having soldiers that could see the wavelengths could prove increasingly crucial in the future. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Nanoinjections Let Mice See Infrared Light," 4 Mar. 2019 There are plenty of good stealth games out there, but none are quite this polished or carefully constructed. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 Sneeze meter If Hitman is one kind of stealth-assassination game,Skin Deep sure is the polar opposite. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Blizzard dispels Diablo 4 rumors, and Hitman 2 adds Sean Bean to the cast," 19 Oct. 2018 In short, his views on honoring precedent would preclude attempts to do by stealth that which one has committed not to do overtly. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Read the full transcript of Sen. Collins’s speech announcing she’ll vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh," 5 Oct. 2018 Subs can dive and surface, and fire torpedoes from stealth. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018 This suggests that Cephalopod is designed for long endurance and stealth rather than maneuverability. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Working on New 'Cephalopod' Underwater Attack Drone," 30 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

How the royal couple managed to pull of such a stealth trip to the hospital is amazing—especially given the intense scrutiny as the world has been on royal baby watch. Glamour, "Meghan Markle Didn't Have A Home Birth Like She Planned for the Royal Baby," 6 May 2019 In addition to stealth, sensors, and lethality, the aircraft’s design will emphasize on long range, potentially accompanying bombers such as the upcoming B-21 Raider on deep penetration missions far into enemy territory. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "After the F-35, the Navy Will Make Its Next Fighter Without the Air Force," 7 May 2019 Twenty-four F-22s took off from an air base in Alaska, proving the stealth fighter fleet is capable of generating a large number of ready planes at once. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force Just Launched 24 F-22 Raptor Fighters at Once," 28 Mar. 2019 While some would credit the transformation to a few stealth extensions, Cyrus cleared the air on Instagram Stories, breaking the news that the bangs are in fact the real deal. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Just Got a Very Hannah Montana Makeover," 29 Mar. 2019 Bad legislation, as much as stealth taxes, also contributes to the state’s deteriorating business climate. WSJ, "Nickel-and-Diming Us Out of Rhode Island," 10 Mar. 2019 The couple made a stealth entrance to Beyoncé and Jay-Z's A-list Oscars after party at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood last night, where social media and photography were allegedly banned. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Newly Engaged Couple Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Hit Up Beyonce's Secret Oscars Party," 25 Feb. 2019 Technically speaking, the F-35 is a low observable stealth aircraft. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Trump seems to think F-35 is “literally invisible” in flight," 30 July 2018 Vogueworld Gigi Hadid Steps Out in the Stealth Ugg Boot Can an Ugg—the unmistakable, irresistibly cozy sheepskin boot beloved of just about everyone—ever be stealth? Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Steps Out in the Stealth Ugg Boot," 8 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of stealth

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stealth

Noun

Middle English stelthe; akin to Old English stelan to steal

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stealth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stealth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a secret, quiet, and clever way of moving or behaving

stealth

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stealth (Entry 2 of 2)

technical used to describe military aircraft that are designed so that they cannot be easily seen by radar
chiefly US : done or happening in a secret or quiet way that does not attract attention

stealth

noun
\ ˈstelth How to pronounce stealth (audio) \

Kids Definition of stealth

: sly or secret action

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