Meaning of OCCULT in English

— occulter , n. — occultly , adv. — occultness , n.

/euh kult", ok"ult/ , adj.

1. of or pertaining to magic, astrology, or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies.

2. beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious.

3. secret; disclosed or communicated only to the initiated.

4. hidden from view.

5. (in early science)

a. not apparent on mere inspection but discoverable by experimentation.

b. of a nature not understood, as physical qualities.

c. dealing with such qualities; experimental: occult science.

6. Med. present in amounts too small to be visible: a chemical test to detect occult blood in the stool.


7. the supernatural or supernatural agencies and affairs considered as a whole (usually prec. by the ).

8. occult studies or sciences (usually prec. by the ).


9. to block or shut off (an object) from view; hide.

10. Astron. to hide (a celestial body) by occultation.


11. to become hidden or shut off from view.

[ 1520-30; occultus (ptp. of occulere to hide from view, cover up), equiv. to oc- OC- + -cul-, akin to celare to CONCEAL + -tus ptp. suffix ]

Syn. 2. metaphysical, supernatural. 3. concealed, unrevealed; veiled, shrouded; mystical, cabalistic.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .