stealth

noun
\ˈstelth \

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

Announced last October, Ghost of Tsushima is a new open-world game from Sucker Punch that combines action and stealth inside a beautifully atmospheric version of Japan. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Watch the first gameplay trailer for PS4 exclusive Ghost of Tsushima," 12 June 2018 While the virtual defeat was obviously concerning, the Navy leased a Gotland-class sub from the Swedes in order to figure out how to counter its unexpected stealth. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How a Plucky Swedish Sub Took Out a US Carrier All on Its Own," 13 Apr. 2018 The Su-57’s stealth could introduce a lot of dramatic tension as American pilots struggle to stay one step ahead. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What Planes Will Tom Cruise Fly in 'Top Gun: Maverick'?," 31 May 2018 By this time there was something new in the air: stealth. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why It's So Damned Hard To Build a New Bomber," 11 Nov. 2015 This is the central conceit of Sekiro, a tool that factors into exploration and stealth and combat. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "How Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's grappling hook arm changes Dark Souls-style combat," 12 June 2018 And second, Paltrow is a secret wedding master, having proven her stealth-event tactics a decade and a half ago. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Has Gwyneth Paltrow’s Secret Hamptons Wedding Been Torpedoed?," 20 June 2018 But the secretive firm, which for nine years has unnerved viewers with YouTube videos of robots that jump, gallop or prowl like animal predators, is starting to emerge from a quarter-century of stealth. Washington Post, "Boston Dynamics’ scary robot videos: Are they for real?," 5 June 2018 At the time, little was known about the principles of stealth—that is, shaping an aircraft to reduce its radar signature. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force’s First Flying Wing Jet Flew Way Back in 1949," 22 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Much speculation has surrounded the lengthy, 24-day lack of first lady sightings, spawning conspiracy theories ranging from plastic surgery to a stealth move back to New York City, all of which Grisham has denied. Kate Bennett, CNN, "Melania Trump expected to attend Gold Star event at White House," 3 June 2018 No stealth attack, no combat, no sneaky use of a drone or hack to make this corpo drive to a safer location. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Cyberpunk 2077 world premiere: 50 minutes of William Gibson-level insanity," 14 June 2018 According to TechCrunch, Levandowski has returned with an autonomous trucking company called Kache.ai that is still in stealth mode. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Tuesday, July 3," 3 July 2018 While the introduction of the F-35C will significantly expand stealth capabilities, the F-35C could require increased range to address necessary targets. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Navy’s F-35 doesn’t have range for real stealth strikes, House report says," 22 May 2018 Panel discussions cover stealth aircraft, U-2s, the 75th anniversary of Skunk Works and more. April Orcutt, latimes.com, "Southern California events for March 16-18 look forward and backward," 18 Mar. 2018 The Air Force maintains the visibility flaw could lead to undetected damage to specialized coatings used on F-35 and F-22 stealth fighters and B-2 bombers, or cause structural damage. Anthony Capaccio, Bloomberg.com, "Boeing Says It's Close to Fixing a Flaw Delaying KC-46 Tanker," 4 May 2018 Even the models who participated were surprised at Aerie's stealth release. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "New Aerie models show off bras in wheelchairs, with insulin pumps as Twitter cheers," 11 July 2018 Twitter user @azymanzur tweeted that his friend was at a party in the Bahamas with the duo and snapped a few stealth photos of Hailey and Justin, not only in attendance together, but with a killer shot of a gigantic diamond. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber: This May Be the First Look at the Engagement Ring," 9 July 2018

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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)

—used to describe military aircraft that are designed so that they cannot be easily seen by radar

: done or happening in a secret or quiet way that does not attract attention

stealth

noun
\ˈstelth \

Kids Definition of stealth

: sly or secret action

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