secret

Definitions

  • Cover for Secret Armies
    Cover for Secret Armies
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj secret not openly made known "a secret marriage","a secret bride"
    • adj secret the next to highest level of official classification for documents
    • adj secret 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 secret not expressed "secret (or private) thoughts"
    • adj secret conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods "clandestine intelligence operations","cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines","hole-and-corner intrigue","secret missions","a secret agent","secret sales of arms","surreptitious mobilization of troops","an undercover investigation","underground resistance"
    • adj secret indulging only covertly "a secret alcoholic"
    • adj secret communicated covertly "their secret signal was a wink","secret messages"
    • adj secret (of information) given in confidence or in secret "this arrangement must be kept confidential","their secret communications"
    • adj secret hidden from general view or use "a privy place to rest and think","a secluded romantic spot","a secret garden"
    • adj secret designed to elude detection "a hidden room or place of concealment such as a priest hole","a secret passage","the secret compartment in the desk"
    • adj secret not open or public; kept private or not revealed "a secret formula","secret ingredients","secret talks"
    • n secret something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained "how it got out is a mystery","it remains one of nature's secrets"
    • n secret information known only to a special group "the secret of Cajun cooking"
    • n secret something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on) "the combination to the safe was a secret","he tried to keep his drinking a secret"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Application by Sidney Brooks for membership in the secret Order of '76 Application by Sidney Brooks for membership in the secret Order of '76
Letter written by secret agent No. 31 Letter written by secret agent No. 31
THE SECRET SESSION THE SECRET SESSION

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1865, the U.S. Secret Service was first established for the specific purpose to combat the counterfeiting of money
    • Secret A thing not discovered; what is unknown or unexplained; a mystery. "All secrets of the deep, all nature's works."
    • Secret Faithful to a secret; not inclined to divulge or betray confidence; secretive. "Secret Romans, that have spoke the word,
      And will not palter."
    • Secret Hidden; concealed; as, secret treasure; secret plans; a secret vow. "The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us."
    • Secret Separate; distinct. "They suppose two other divine hypostases superior thereunto, which were perfectly secret from matter."
    • Secret Something studiously concealed; a thing kept from general knowledge; what is not revealed, or not to be revealed. "To tell our own secrets is often folly; to communicate those of others is treachery."
    • Secret The parts which modesty and propriety require to be concealed; the genital organs. "Bread eaten in secret is pleasant."
    • v. t Secret To keep secret.
    • Secret Withdrawn from general intercourse or notice; in retirement or secrecy; secluded. "There, secret in her sapphire cell,
      He with the Naïs wont to dwell."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During warm weather, hippos secrete a reddish, oily fluid, called pink sweat, which acts as a skin conditioner to keep it moist.
    • secret Set or kept apart; hidden; concealed. Kept from the knowledge of others; concealed from the notice or knowledge of all except the person or persons concerned; private; not revealed.
    • secret Privy; not decent to be exposed to view.
    • secret Occult; mysterious; not seen; not apparent: as, the secret operations of physical causes.
    • secret Affording privacy; retired; secluded; private.
    • secret Close, cautious, or discreet in speech, or as regards the disclosure of one's own or another's affairs; faithful in keeping secrets; not given to blabbing or the betrayal of confidence; secretive; reticent.
    • secret Synonyms and Secret, Latent, Private, Covert, Occult, Clandestine, hidden, concealed, covered, shrouded, veiled, obscure, recondite, close, unknown. The last four of the italicized words, and in their primary sense the participles, express intentional concealment; the others do not. Secret is the most general, but expresses complete concealment. Latent, literally lying concealed, may mean hidden from those most concerned: as, I had a latent sense, feeling, or desire; hence its appropriateness in the expression latent heat. Private (as, it was kept strictly private) emphasizes the fact that some know the thing in question, while others are kept in ignorance. Covert— that is, covered—suggests something underhand or well put out of sight: as, a covert motive, sneer, irony: it is opposed to frank or avowed. Occult suggests mystery that cannot be penetrated: as, the occult operations of nature; occult arts. Clandestine is now always used for studious or artful concealment of an objectionable or dishonorable sort: as, a clandestine correspondence: it applies especially to action.
    • n secret Something studiously hidden or concealed; a thing kept from general knowledge; what is not or should not be revealed.
    • n secret A hidden, unrevealed, unexplained, or unex-plainable thing; a mystery.
    • n secret The key or principle by the application of which some difficulty is solved, or that which is not obvious is explained or made clear; hidden reason or explanation.
    • n secret Secrecy.
    • n secret In liturgics, a variable prayer in the Roman and some other Latin liturgies, said secretly (see secretly) by the celebrant after the offertory, etc., and immediately before the preface.
    • n secret plural The parts of the body which propriety requires to be concealed.
    • n secret A concealed piece or suit of armor. Persons fearing assassination sometimes wear such defenses beneath their ordinary dress.
    • n secret A skull-cap of steel worn sometimes under and sometimes over the camail.
    • n secret A skeleton cap of slender steel bars, affording a good defense against a blow, worn within a hat or other head-covering. It was sometimes made with the bars pivoted in such a way as to fold up, and could be easily carried about the person. See wire hat, under wire.
    • n secret A secret device or contrivance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During World War II Canadian scientists secretly developed biological weapons which were later taken over by the USA. Anthrax was one.
    • adj Secret sē′kret concealed from notice: removed from sight: unrevealed: hidden: secluded: retired: private: keeping secrets: reserved
    • n Secret that which is concealed: anything unrevealed or unknown: privacy: the key or principle by which something is made clear: a form of steel skull-cap: one of the prayers in the Mass, immediately following the 'Orate, fratres,' said inaudibly by the celebrant:
    • n Secret (pl.) any prayers said secretly and not aloud: the parts of the body which are concealed
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Quotations

  • Benjamin O. David
    Benjamin O. David
    “The secret of getting things done is to act!”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “The secret anniversaries of the heart.”
  • Aristotle Onassis
    Aristotle Onassis
    “The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing.”
  • Thucydides
    Thucydides
    “The secret of freedom, courage.”
  • Thucydides
    Thucydides
    “The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage.”

Idioms

Open secret - An open secret is something that is supposed to be secret but is common knowledge.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. secret,cf. Sp. & Pg. secreto, It. secreto, segreto,), fr. L. secretus, p. p. of secernere, to put apart, to separate. See Certain, and cf. Secrete Secern

Usage

In literature:

They occur in bronchitis and in tuberculosis, where there is an excess of secretion.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Her secret was a secret, even the old coachman, who had known her from her birth, must not guess it.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
It was run by two partners, and they had a sort of secret trade.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
It must have been something else, some rare, secret philosophy.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I am going to tell you a tremendous secret.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
In the light of Pete's confession he had read his own secret.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
I am not versed in politics, but the secret that we share is terrible.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
It is the secret of their charm.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Was the girl whose secret I sought still there?
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
She loved luxury, and made no secret of it.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

'Sweet is love in June:
All the roses blowing
Whisper 'neath the moon
Secrets for love's knowing.
"The Passing Of Cadieux" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
'Neath Thy greatness shrinking,
Stand I sore afraid,
All my secret thinking
Bare before Thee laid.
"At The Dawn" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
The jewelled head bent low;
"O king!" she said, "henceforth
The secret of thy worth
And wisdom well I know.
"King Solomon and the Ants" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Until—but am I not too free,
Most courteous stranger,
With secrets which belong to me?
There is a danger.
"A Lover's Confession" by Robert Fuller Murray
If to the autumn fields
You have gone,
As the stalks of miscanthus grass
Secretly, to me
Will you not beckon?
"If to the autumn fields" by Ise
The leaves forget to whisper
Of soft and secret things,
And every bird is silent,
With folded eyes and wings.
"Midnight" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

Is the secret to good behavior in children a little extra shut-eye.
Sam the Record Man dies at 92. Notable deaths in TV 2012, A-M. 'Book of Secrets': Beyond belief .
Isabelle Bellis On French Beauty Secrets.
The Secret of Life May Be As Simple As What Happens Between the Sheets.
A 3D printer became this company's secret weapon.
Betelnut 's secret Malaysian menu, March 8 until May 8.
The proposed development will not necessitate the secret storage of biometric information, and the researchers claim that the targeted biometric data.
Black Sea slowly gives up ancient secrets.
Glenn Beck's Super Secret Blackboard of Fear.
10 Secrets to a Successful Retirement.
The secret to great cooking is creativity.
It doesn't give up any of the man's secrets.
Top 7 Secrets of Being a Great Cover Band, by Skyrocket.
It's hardly been a secret that the French government hoped President Obama would win a second term.
Actress Michelle Ang stars as Emily in the newly released film My Wedding and Other Secrets.
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In science:

U(1) gauge theory, and so is secretly a free theory.
OM Theory in Diverse Dimensions
The fixed positions of real and pseudo-bits are initially secretly shared between sender and receiver.
A simple unbreakable code
If f is a secret keyed function, then g may be the identity.
Guaranteeing the diversity of number generators
We then use this to provide both a generalization to the d-level case and a transparent proof of validity for an already proposed protocol of secret sharing based on entanglement swapping.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
The efficiency can approach 1 bit secret communication per particle.
A random quantum key distribution by using Bell states
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