from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or dealing with supernatural influences, agencies, or phenomena.
- adj. Beyond the realm of human comprehension; inscrutable.
- adj. Available only to the initiate; secret: occult lore. See Synonyms at mysterious.
- adj. Hidden from view; concealed.
- adj. Medicine Detectable only by microscopic examination or chemical analysis, as a minute blood sample.
- adj. Not accompanied by readily detectable signs or symptoms: occult carcinoma.
- n. Occult practices or techniques: a student of the occult.
- transitive v. To conceal or cause to disappear from view.
- transitive v. Astronomy To conceal by occultation: The moon occulted Mars.
- intransitive v. To become concealed or extinguished at regular intervals: a lighthouse beacon that occults every 45 seconds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cover or hide from view.
- v. To dissimulate, conceal, or obfuscate.
- adj. Secret; hidden from general knowledge; undetected
- adj. Related to the occult; pertaining to mysticism, magic, or astrology.
- adj. Esoteric.
- n. Supernatural affairs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Hidden from the eye or the understanding; invisible; secret; concealed; unknown.
- transitive v. To eclipse; to hide from sight.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not apparent upon mere inspection, nor deducible from what is so apparent, but discoverable only by experimentation; relating to what is thus undiscoverable by mere inspection: opposed to manifest.
- Mysterious; transcendental; beyond the bounds of natural knowledge.
- Synonyms Latent, Covert, etc. (see secret), unrevealed, recondite, abstruse, veiled, shrouded, mystic, cabalistic.
- To cut off from view by the intervention of another body; hide; conceal; eclipse.
- To undergo occultation; be hidden or concealed, as a star or the intermittent beam of light from a lighthouse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. supernatural forces and events and beings collectively
- v. cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention
- adj. hidden and difficult to see
- n. supernatural practices and techniques
- v. hide from view
- adj. having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
- v. become concealed or hidden from view or have its light extinguished
Latin occultus, secret, past participle of occulere, to cover over; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin occultō ("hide, keep secret"). (Wiktionary)