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stealth

noun \ ˈstelth \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of stealth

1 a 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

Examples of stealth in a Sentence

  1. The fox uses stealth and cunning to hunt its prey.

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Origin and Etymology of stealth

Middle English stelthe; akin to Old English stelan to steal


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stealth

adjective

Definition of stealth

:intended not to attract attention :stealthy
  • a stealth campaign

Examples of stealth in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of stealth from the Web

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First Known Use of stealth

1987


STEALTH Defined for English Language Learners

stealth

noun

Definition of stealth for English Language Learners

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


stealth

adjective

Definition of stealth for English Language Learners

  • —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 Defined for Kids

stealth

noun \ ˈstelth \

Definition of stealth for Students

:sly or secret action


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