occult

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj occult 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"
    • adj occult hidden and difficult to see "an occult fracture","occult blood in the stool"
    • v occult hide from view "The lids were occulting her eyes"
    • v occult become concealed or hidden from view or have its light extinguished "The beam of light occults every so often"
    • v occult 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"
    • n occult supernatural practices and techniques "he is a student of the occult"
    • n occult supernatural forces and events and beings collectively "She doesn't believe in the supernatural"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Money man Cornelius Vanderbilt was an insomniac and a believer in the occult. He was not able to fall asleep unless each leg of his bed was planted in a dished filled with salt. He felt this kept out the evil spirits. It also kept out the snails, ants, and anyone with high blood pressure.
    • a Occult Hidden from the eye or the understanding; invisible; secret; concealed; unknown. "It is of an occult kind, and is so insensible in its advances as to escape observation."
    • v. t Occult To eclipse; to hide from sight.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • occult 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. The Latin word was applied in the middle ages to the physical sciences and the properties of bodies to which those sciences relate. Its precise meaning is explained in the treatise “De Magnete” of Petrus Peregrinus. He says that an occult quality is simply one which is made apparent only upon experimentation, but that in that way it becomes as plain and clear as any other quality, and is no more mysterious. By occult science or philosophy was meant simply experimental science. There were many occult philosophers in northern Europe in the twelfth and the first part of the thirteenth century; but theology so swallowed up other interests that they are all forgotten except Roger Bacon, who was made prominent by the personal friendship of a pope. The ignorance and superstition of the time confounded occult science with magic.
    • occult Mysterious; transcendental; beyond the bounds of natural knowledge.
    • occult Synonyms Latent, Covert, etc. (see secret), unrevealed, recondite, abstruse, veiled, shrouded, mystic, cabalistic.
    • occult To cut off from view by the intervention of another body; hide; conceal; eclipse.
    • occult To undergo occultation; be hidden or concealed, as a star or the intermittent beam of light from a lighthouse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Occult ok-kult′ covered over: escaping observation: hidden: not discovered without test or experiment: secret, unknown, transcending the bounds of natural knowledge
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Quotations

  • G. O. Ashley
    G. O. Ashley
    “Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. occultus, p. p. of occulere, to cover up, hide; ob,see Ob-) + a root prob. akin to E. hell,: cf. F. occulte,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. occulĕre, occultum, to hide.

Usage

In literature:

The lasters, for some occult reason, were always the most turbulent element in Lloyd's.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
What material wrought out of the Occult World wuz piled up under him I d'no.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
Your attitude has been a constant occult force, driving me toward it.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
She's got the occult bug, and I'm keen about it just now.
"The Shield of Silence" by Harriet T. Comstock
The bear, judging by cases that have been told me, is by no means an uncommon occult phenomenon.
"Animal Ghosts" by Elliott O'Donnell
But the Occult Doctrine is far more explicit.
"Death--and After?" by Annie Besant
Occultly Warrington read the desire in the other's eyes.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
But may not the ordinary conditions of suburban improvement often account for the decay of such trees without occult causes?
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
There was probably some occult cause for failure.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
There is nothing occult or mysterious about them.
"Post-Prandial Philosophy" by Grant Allen
But, simplicity of means is what philosophy has ever been reluctant to admit, preferring rather the occult and obscure.
"Outlines of a Mechanical Theory of Storms" by T. Bassnett
Through what means children so quickly convey to each other the entire history of their lives is a sort of occult secret.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Occultism seeks to get; mysticism to give.
"The Builders" by Joseph Fort Newton
A faintest, tiny blur against the stars, a few of them occulted as though an invisible shadow were upon them.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
In France occultism, reduced to a system, adopted the outer forms of Masonry as a cover to the propagation of its doctrines.
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
Nevertheless, though differing essentially from those, occult force is not the less real.
"The Arena" by Various
The inhabitants had caused the best of their goods to be transported to more remote and occult places.
"The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century" by Clarence Henry Haring
How can one tell but that all occultism is merely unknown science?
"The White Invaders" by Raymond King Cummings
Stories of the Occult.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
I am hoping to pay a third visit to India some day, with the special object in view of occult investigation.
"Seen and Unseen" by E. Katharine Bates
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In poetry:

One music maketh its occult abode
In all things scatter'd from great Beauty's hand;
And evermore the deepest words of God
Are yet the easiest to understand.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
Stars! from your skies so purple and so calm,
That through the centuries your secrets keep,
Send to this worn-out brain some Occult Balm,
Send me, for many nights so sleepless, sleep.
"Mahomed Akram's Appeal To The Stars" by Laurence Hope
Then through great temples swelled the dismal moaning
Of dirge-like music and sepulchral prayer;
Pale wizard priests, o'er occult symbols droning,
Swung their white censers in the burdened air
"Worship" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Oh sweetheart, see! how shadowy,
Of some occult magician's rearing,
Or swung in space of heaven's grace
Dissolving, dimly reappearing,
Afloat upon ethereal tides
St. Paul's above the city rides!"
"London" by John Davidson
And whence comes Life,--that occult Force,
So rich in its prolific range,
So frail and swift to run its course,
Yet deathless in protean change?
Must we not hope that Death will clear
The darkness here?
"Life's Trilogy" by John Lawson Stoddard
Did we but know what lurks beyond the NOW;
Could we but see what the dim future hides;
Had we some power occult that would us show
The joy and sorrow which in THEN abides;
Would life be happier,--or less fraught with woe,
Did we but know?
"Now And Then" by John Hartley

In news:

And, no, I didn't stumble upon it in the Science Fiction, Mystery or Occult sections.
Liddell delves into ' Occult '.
Byron's hex: SA author's occult fantasy.
Role of State's Attorney and Occult Mass Rituals.
Occultation by Laird Barron.
She wrote occult novels and also what could be seen as psychic self-help.
Occult investigator "Dr. Daniel Rumanos" doesn't need a day job.
Photography and the Occult Catalog of the exhibitionby Clément Chéroux, Andreas Fischer, Pierre Apraxine, Denis Canguilhem, and Sophie Schmit an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 27–December 31, 2005.
Former police detective Amy Godoy, South Florida's foremost authority on occult crimes, shares tales from the voodoo beat.
Black metal, dark hardcore, modern "noise," occult-kosmische electronics, soundtracks, and horrorscapes™ galore.
In it, she and her friends try to track down the origins of the occult legend of the black-eyed kids.
" Hellblazer, the long-running Vertigo series that follows occult detective John Constantine through his darkest adventures, is coming to an end with February's issue.".
Preston Trice's fascination with the occult led him to create a series of 78 paintings inspired by tarot cards.
Some people say the overtones of the occult in the play have led to the play being cursed.
Ravens , after all, are symbols not only of the occult but of fierce allegiance.
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In science:

This suggests a disk-like structure of the optically thick material, whose outer rim occults the central hot star in the direction of the observer (also Sect. 5.3.5 of Skopal 2005).
Structure of the hot object in the symbiotic prototype Z And during its 2000-03 active phase
The pro file of the initial O  line was probably modified by an occultation of the O  nebula, which thus reduced its violet wing for the outer observer.
Structure of the hot object in the symbiotic prototype Z And during its 2000-03 active phase
On the other hand, the O  zone was not subject to occultation for the scattering region spread within the H  zone in the binary.
Structure of the hot object in the symbiotic prototype Z And during its 2000-03 active phase
The two panels of Figure 1 show the different behaviors of strong optical Fe II and UV Fe III lines during occultation and nonoccultation phases.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
In Fig. 1a the line core of the Fe II λ5018 at the occultation phase φ = 0.97 (solid line) is no deeper than during the nonoccultation phase, φ = 0.82.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
In contrast to the optical lines, Fig. 1b shows that several low-excitation Fe II and Fe III lines in the λ1900 region deepen significantly during occultation phase.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
This is again consistent with the strengthenings of low-excitation lines during disk occultation of the hot stars studied by SG01.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
One can exploit this sensitivity by comparing the increases of Fe II and Fe III lines during occultation. A sample of these lines is shown in Fig 1b.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
By matching the ratio of Fe II to Fe III strengthenings during occultation phase, we found that the temperature is tightly constrained to values of 7,500±500 K.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
The fits to the mean strengthenings of the line during occultation phases led to a column density of 1.5×1020 cm−2 .
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
At occultation phase φ ≈ 0.0, the core strengthens and broadens.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
The division of occulted by nonocculted phase spectra, minus one, gives the fractional absorption in an UV spectrophotometric representation of th observations.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
Figure 4 exhibits examples of the computed and observed template spectra of the C IV doublet at quadrature and mid-occultation phases.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
The models indicated assume a full disk occultation of the star and a value ξ = 20 km s−1 .
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
Corresponding spectra computed for the photosphere and during disk occultation (solid lines) are shown.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
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