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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

On December 30, 1996, Delacorte Press released Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s stealth blockbuster Outlander series. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Caitriona Balfe Is Evolving with Outlander," 31 Dec. 2018 That’s the gist of Project Winter, a very boring name for a game that sounds interesting, combining the stealth-multiplayer aspects of something like SpyParty or Murderous Pursuits with modern survival mechanics. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Bungie divorces Activision, Epic gives our favorite game of 2017 away for free," 11 Jan. 2019 Hitman 2 IO Interactive; Windows, Xbox One, PS4 Further Reading Hitman 2 review: Accessible stealth oozing with style Hitman 2 (2018) is more Hitman (2016), and that’s a great thing. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 Apple has engaged in a yearslong campaign of false promises, stealth, and subterfuge designed to steal Qualcomm’s confidential information. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Qualcomm Accuses Apple of Giving Its Intellectual Property to Intel," 25 Sep. 2018 There's the one that poked fun at Lara Jean’s not-so-stealth attempt to hide from the guys who received her love letters, the shot of fans googling Noah Centineo’s age (guilty as charged), and the hundreds of tweets gushing about that hot tub scene. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Now Trending: The Woke Dad in Teen Films," 29 Aug. 2018 From gliding through Central Park on skates to the most scenic hike on the California coast, here are five stealth workouts that will boost your heart rate, energy levels, and your mood. Vogue, "5 Outdoor Winter Workouts That Don’t Feel Like Exercise," 25 Dec. 2018 After all, stealth aircraft are engineered to be hard to see on radar. NBC News, "Here's the scientific explanation for that 'alien spaceship' on Mars," 23 June 2018 But while those concerns may have merit, the air defense company's Fort Worth plant nonetheless continues to crank out the stealth fighter aircraft at what has become a steady pace. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter-jet program reaches milestone," 12 June 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)

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 \

Kids Definition of stealth

: sly or secret action

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