Occult sciences
Occult Oc*cult", a. [L. occultus, p. p. of occulere to cover up, hide; ob (see {Ob-}) + a root prob. akin to E. hell: cf. F. occulte.] Hidden from the eye or the understanding; invisible; secret; concealed; unknown. [1913 Webster]

It is of an occult kind, and is so insensible in its advances as to escape observation. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

{Occult line} (Geom.), a line drawn as a part of the construction of a figure or problem, but not to appear in the finished plan.

{Occult qualities}, those qualities whose effects only were observed, but the nature and relations of whose productive agencies were undetermined; -- so called by the schoolmen.

{Occult sciences}, those sciences of the Middle Ages which related to the supposed action or influence of occult qualities, or supernatural powers, as alchemy, magic, necromancy, and astrology. [1913 Webster]


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  • Occult — Oc*cult , a. [L. occultus, p. p. of occulere to cover up, hide; ob (see {Ob }) + a root prob. akin to E. hell: cf. F. occulte.] Hidden from the eye or the understanding; invisible; secret; concealed; unknown. [1913 Webster] It is of an occult… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Occult line — Occult Oc*cult , a. [L. occultus, p. p. of occulere to cover up, hide; ob (see {Ob }) + a root prob. akin to E. hell: cf. F. occulte.] Hidden from the eye or the understanding; invisible; secret; concealed; unknown. [1913 Webster] It is of an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Occult qualities — Occult Oc*cult , a. [L. occultus, p. p. of occulere to cover up, hide; ob (see {Ob }) + a root prob. akin to E. hell: cf. F. occulte.] Hidden from the eye or the understanding; invisible; secret; concealed; unknown. [1913 Webster] It is of an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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