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Occult
WordNet 2.0
  • occult practices and techniques
  • "he is a student of the occult"
  • supernatural forces and events and beings collectively
  • "She doesn''t believe in the supernatural"
  • hide from view
  • "The lids were occulting her eyes"
  • become concealed or hidden from view or have its light extinguished
  • "The beam of light occults every so often"
  • cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention
  • "The Sun eclipses the moon today"
  • "Planets and stars often are occulted by other celestial bodies"
  • having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence
  • beyond ordinary understanding
  • "mysterious symbols"
  • "the mystical style of Blake"
  • "occult lore"
  • "the secret learning of the ancients"
  • hidden and difficult to see
  • "an occult fracture"
  • "occult blood in the stool"
Occult
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Hidden from the eye or the understanding; inviable; secret; concealed; unknown.

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

    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.

  • 1. To eclipse; to hide from sight.

 

Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.

John Maynard Keynes
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