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stealth

[stelth] /stɛlθ/
noun
1.
secret, clandestine, or surreptitious procedure.
2.
a furtive departure or entrance.
3.
Obsolete.
  1. an act of stealing; theft.
  2. 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
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English stelthe; compare Old English stælthing theft. See steal, -th1
Related forms
stealthful, adjective
stealthfully, adverb
stealthless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stealthless

stealth

/stɛlθ/
noun
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
Derived Forms
stealthful, adjective
Word Origin
C13 stelthe; see steal, -th1

Stealth

/stɛlθ/
noun
1.
(modifier) (informal) denoting or referring to technology that aims to reduce the radar, thermal, and acoustic recognizability of aircraft and missiles
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Word Origin and History for stealthless

stealth

n.

mid-13c., "theft, action or practice of stealing," from Old English *stælþ, which is related to stelen (see steal (v.)), from Proto-Germanic *stælitho (cf. Old Norse stulþr), with Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)). Sense of "secret action" developed c.1300, but the word also retained its etymological sense into 18c. Got a boost as an adjective from stealth fighter, stealth bomber, radar-evading U.S. military aircraft, activated 1983.

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Slang definitions & phrases for stealthless

stealth

adjective

Covert; clandestine; sneaky: His piece of stealth journalism was an exercise in character assassination/ The Republicans are turning Dan Quayle into a virtual stealth Vice President; not even any pictures of him on the Bush-Quayle re-election posters

[late 1980s+; fr the US Stealth fighter plane, activated in 1983, which, along with a bomber version, was designed to be invisible to radar detection]


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