I. noun Etymology: Middle English stelthe; akin to Old English stelan to steal Date: 13th century 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 II. adjective Date: 1987 intended not to attract attention ; stealthy <
a stealth campaign

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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