stealthest

stealth

[stelth]
noun
1.
secret, clandestine, or surreptitious procedure.
2.
a furtive departure or entrance.
3.
Obsolete.
a.
an act of stealing; theft.
b.
the thing stolen; booty.
4.
(initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. Air force project involving a range of technologies, with the purpose of developing aircraft that are difficult to detect by sight, sound, radar, and infrared energy.
adjective
5.
surreptitious; secret; not openly acknowledged: a stealth hiring of the competitor's CEO; the stealth issue of the presidential race.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English stelthe; compare Old English stælthing theft. See steal, -th1

stealthful, adjective
stealthfully, adverb
stealthless, adjective
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stealth (stɛlθ)
 
n
1.  the act or characteristic of moving with extreme care and quietness, esp so as to avoid detection: the stealth of a cat
2.  cunning or underhand procedure or dealing
3.  archaic the act of stealing
 
[C13 stelthe; see steal, -th1]
 
'stealthful
 
adj

Stealth (stɛlθ)
 
n
informal (modifier) denoting or referring to technology that aims to reduce the radar, thermal, and acoustic recognizability of aircraft and missiles

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stealth
mid-13c., "theft, action or practice of stealing," from O.E. *stælþ, which is related to stelen (see steal), from P.Gmc. *stælitho (cf. O.N. stulþr). Sense of "secret action" developed c.1300, but the word also retained its etymological sense into 18c.
Got a boost as an adj. from stealth fighter, stealth bomber, radar-evading U.S. military aircraft, activated 1983.
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