• WordNet 3.6
    • adj latent (pathology) not presently active "latent infection","latent diabetes"
    • adj latent potentially existing but not presently evident or realized "a latent fingerprint","latent talent"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Latent (Med) Existing but not presenting symptoms; dormant or developing; -- of disease, especially infectious diseases; as, the latent phase of an infection.
    • Latent Not visible or apparent; hidden; concealed; secret; dormant; as, latent springs of action. "The evils latent in the most promising contrivances are provided for as they arise."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • latent Hidden; concealed; not visible or apparent; not manifested: as, latent motives; latent germs of disease.
    • latent In botany, dormant or undeveloped: said of buds which are not externally manifest until stimulated to growth.
    • latent Synonyms Covert, Occult, etc. See secret.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Latent lā′tent hid: concealed: not visible or apparent: dormant, undeveloped
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  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “Opportunities? They are all around us... There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it.”
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. latens, -entis, p. pr. of latere, to lie hid or concealed; cf. Gr. lanqa`nein, E. lethargy,: cf. F. latent,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. latens, pr.p. of latēre, to lie hid; Gr. lanthanein, to be hidden.


In literature:

The whole events of that day of which we are now writing had a tendency to arouse the latent superstition of these men.
"The Red Rover" by James Fenimore Cooper
No one would think that Possum had so much latent evil in him.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, October 31, 1917" by Various
He was weakened, too, but the freezing cold of the desert night aroused all his latent force.
"The Lions of the Lord" by Harry Leon Wilson
But even then the modifying forces are only latent.
"On Compromise" by John Morley
The latent antagonism aroused with a bound at the thought.
"Where the Trail Divides" by Will Lillibridge
Under the whirl and glitter of that fascinating time there are latent possibilities of important business.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
The Prince of Conde more than once turned to advantage this latent antagonism.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume V. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
There's a nice distinction, latent, between the two.
"The Wing-and-Wing" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Not only did it revive my latent desire to help the afflicted; it did more.
"A Mind That Found Itself" by Clifford Whittingham Beers
What latent meaning have they?
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
The influence of Bach, revived early in the century, grew steadily as a latent leaven.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
Bring out your latent forces, they only need arousing.
"Supreme Personality" by Delmer Eugene Croft
"Grappling with the Monster" by T. S. Arthur
He has secret solacement in a latent belief that he himself is an exception.
"Browning as a Philosophical and Religious Teacher" by Henry Jones
The latent qualities of body and mind and heart then burst forth with peculiar force.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
There was an address and business keenness about Harwin that, if Stephen possessed at all, was latent in him.
"The Bay State Monthly - Volume 2, Issue 3, December, 1884" by Various
Jealousies and suspicions are latent in every human relationship.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
The truth seems to be that latent qualities are developed by opportunity.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume II" by Aubrey Stewart & George Long
As well might your analysis of a phonographic record hope to disclose a sonata of Beethoven latent in the waving lines.
"The Breath of Life" by John Burroughs
It was to be a display of latent force.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, Issue 2, February, 1864" by Various

In poetry:

IX. And seem'd I ever dull to thee,
Or strove I to resist the art,
With which thou oft wert wont to thrill
Each latent feeling of my heart?
"The Drawing Room" by Sydney Owenson
Beware of Satan, and his latent nets,
When void of care, and most at ease, at home:
Thy steps, like Noah's, hourly he besets,
And slily waits the moment to o'ercome.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
VII. But thou, dear friend! didst sweetly wake
Each nerve where bosom-pleasures slumber'd,
And warm'd to life those latent joys
Which grieving mem'ry ceaseless number'd.
"Fragment XIV." by Sydney Owenson
Take heed, my soul — of Satan's wiles beware:
He always aims all ages to trepan —
In all thy paths he'll lay a latent snare,
To catch thy careless feet, whene'er he can.
"Advice, To Guard Against The Temptations Of The Devil " by Rees Prichard
I. NEGLECTED long, and wrapt in idle slumber,
Forlorn, obscure, this hapless thing I found;
Thy chords relax'd, and ev'ry tuneful number
Latent and still with thy sweet soul of sound.
"The Spanish Guitar" by Sydney Owenson
O THOU, the best of brothers and of friends!
Say, who but thee could wake the sleeping lyre?
Fann'd by thy breath the latent flame ascends;
Thy voice, can better than the Muse inspire.
"To The Author's Brother. On the choice of a Wife in the Year 1789" by Maria Logan

In news:

Deciphering latent script on ancient parchment makes curator Will Noel's job an Indiana Jones-style adventure.
And you might just have the sculpted arms to match your latent youthfulness.
For nearly a century, the tuberculin skin test was the only tool available for the detection of latent tuberculosis infection.
Latent Heat to River Oaks in Oklahoma.
Latent Heat from Woods Edge Farm near Lexington to River Oaks Farm near Sulphur, Okla.
Latent Heat 's Malibu Tops Banner Year for Maria's Mon.
Bobby Ray, the Atlanta rapper-singer with a latent and unfortunate coffeehouse-strummer streak, and fellow abbrev.
Tuberculosis, thereby triggering reactivation of latent tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis, the authors conclude that the loss of this immune cell subset provides a mechanism to explain the reactivation of latent tuberculosis infection in some individuals being treated with Remicade.
Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) has been shown to be effective in recovering from synonymy and polysemy in text retrieval applications.
The federal government still bears a not-undeserved reputation for latent Luddism, adopting technological change slowly.
Yet, the magic still works for the player because both his "choice" and the demon 's prediction are descended from the same latent cause.
Given limited space, I doubt I can refute all the proselytizing in James J Joyce's latently homophobic screed in the Sept 26 Letters to the Editor, but I can sure try.
Where does bromance end and latent passion begin.
Learn what latent print is from a Scientist at the Georgia Bureau Of Investigation.

In science:

However, no latent heat is seen in the random field problem and, in other respects, there seem to be large fluctuation effects characteristic of a continuous transition.
Computer Science in Physics
Foltz and Dumais introduced latent semantic indexing as a viable technique to reduce dimensions in a term-document matrix .
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
There will also be a nonzero “latent heat” at the transition.
Ground state numerical study of the three-dimensional random field Ising model
Since e∗ measures the square of the latent heat at the finite-size critical point, we obtain Eq. (9).
Ground state numerical study of the three-dimensional random field Ising model
In the case of source separation, there is an obvious choice: take the components as the latent data.
Blind separation of noisy Gaussian stationary sources. Application to cosmic microwave background imaging
Inset a): distribution of the finite-size latent heat at the right side of the transition point for the bimodal distribution for L = 32 (left) and L = 128 (right).
Phase transition in the 2d random Potts model in the large-q limit
GoM analysis (as well as many flavors of latent structure analysis) employs an assumption that the problem under consideration has lower dimensionality than observed data.
Grade of Membership Analysis: One Possible Approach to Foundations
Heinen, T. (1996) Latent class and discrete latent trait models: similarities and differences.
Grade of Membership Analysis: One Possible Approach to Foundations
Additional IRAC processing corrected for latent images and electronic offsets.
Complete Multiwavelength Characterization of Faint Chandra X-ray Sources Seen in the Spitzer Wide-Area IR Extragalactic (SWIRE) Survey
Here we show that such refinements are achieved by the use of an important exploitation of a latent structure derived from the gamma identity.
Baysian inference via classes of normalized random measures
James, Distributions of matrix variates and latent roots derived from normal samples, Ann.
Application of Random Matrix Theory to Multivariate Statistics
It may be noted that extreme size sensitivity of this kind has been observed experimentally in Ga and Al clusters.4 We have also calculated the latent heats per tom by using caloric curves.
Effect of geometric and electronic structures on the finite temperature behavior of Na$_{58}$, Na$_{57}$, and Na$_{55}$ clusters
How are Visuospatial Working Memory, Executive Functioning, and Spatial Abilities Related? A Latent-Variable Analysis.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
M 2 seems to jump to zero discontinuously, but with a latent heat per spin which probably goes to zero as L → ∞.
Structure Factor of the 3D Random Field XY Model
James, Distribution of matrix variates and latent roots derived from normal samples, Ann.
Exact Minimum Eigenvalue Distribution of an Entangled Random Pure State