from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by or acting with quiet, caution, and secrecy intended to avoid notice. See Synonyms at secret.

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  • adj. Characterized by or resembling stealth or secrecy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Done by stealth; accomplished clandestinely; unperceived; secret; furtive; sly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Acting by stealth; sly; secretive in act or manner; employing concealed methods: as, a stealthy foe; characterized by concealment; furtive: as, a stealthy proceeding; a stealthy movement.

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  • adj. marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed


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  • My neighbor snowmobiles and a couple years ago had an encounter where the wolves had killed a deer on the trail and did not seem very afraid at all when they took off within sight. (and how stealthy is a group of snowmobiles?)


  • On the other hand, 09Droid could have rather easily programmed in stealthy code to silently steal account log-ins.

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  • Some woman's arm and hand has preceded mine in stealthy search after that fatal spring.

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  • Active reconnaissance operations are also classified as stealthy or aggressive, as discussed in the following paragraphs.

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  • Instantly he recalled the stealthy Indians that the boys had seen the previous day, and he sensed immediate danger.

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  • He did not stoop, but he bent rather forwards; his mode of walking was peculiar, and rather like that of a cat, but of a cat that was well acquainted with the ground it was moving over; the step showed no doubt or apprehension, it could hardly be called stealthy, but it glided on firmly and cautiously, without haste, or swagger, or unevenness ....

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  • His manner might have been called stealthy, if one were looking for stealth.

    The Thunder Bird

  • The BrahMos, which has been described as a stealthy cruise missile that can deliver a 200 kg payload to a target 290 km away at speeds exceeding 2.8 Mach, has been in service with the Navy and was inducted into the Army in 2007.


  • The Journal says experts believe the pictures show an aircraft designed to be "stealthy," or difficult to detect on radar, what is known as a 'fifth generation' fighter.

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  • Somewhat cloaked in all this are some elements the F-22 pushers do not seek to disseminate: US taxpayers are to pay for modifications of the aircraft to make it available for these foreign sales, and primary among those modifications is very likely to be a new design for the aircraft's so-called radar invisible ( "stealthy") skin.

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