• WordNet 3.6
    • v conceal prevent from being seen or discovered "Muslim women hide their faces","hide the money"
    • v conceal hold back; keep from being perceived by others "She conceals her anger well"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Pocatello, Idaho, a law passed in 1912 provided that "The carrying of concealed weapons is forbidden, unless same are exhibited to public view."
    • v. t Conceal kŏn*sēl" To hide or withdraw from observation; to cover; to cover or keep from sight; to prevent the discovery of; to withhold knowledge of. "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing.""Declare ye among the nations, . . . publish and conceal not.""He which finds him shall deserve our thanks, . . . He that conceals him, death.""Bur double griefs afflict concealing hearts.""Both dissemble deeply their affections.""We have in these words a primary sense, which reveals a future state, and a secondary sense, which hides and secretes it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Seattle, Washington, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon that is over six feet in length.
    • conceal To hide; withdraw, remove, or shield from observation; cover or keep from sight; secrete: as, a party of men concealed themselves behind a wall; his face was concealed by a mask.
    • conceal To keep close or secret; forbear to disclose or divulge; withhold from utterance or declaration: as, to conceal one's thoughts or opinions.
    • conceal Synonyms Conceal, Hide, Secrete, screen, cover, cloak, disguise, dissemble. To conceal and to hide may be to put or keep out of sight, literally or figuratively; to secrete is to put out of sight literally. Conceal implies least of action, and hide less than secrete. Conceal and hide may be used by a sort of personification where secrete could not be employed: as, a cave concealed by bushes; a cottage hidden amid woods. See dissemble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal in Reno, Nevada to conceal a spray-painted shopping cart in your basement.
    • v.t Conceal kon-sēl′ to hide completely or carefully: to keep secret; to disguise: to keep from telling
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  • Edgar Quinet
    “The perfection of art is to conceal art.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Frank and explicit -- that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    “We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens with the flower of the pleasure that concealed it.”
  • Seneca
    “One crime has to be concealed by another.”
  • F. L. Lucan
    F. L. Lucan
    “The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. conceler, L. concelare,; con-, + celare,to hide; akin to AS. helan, G. hehlen, E. hele, to cover,), helmet,. See Hell Helmet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. conceler—L. concelāre, from con, inten., and celāre, to hide.


In literature:

He threw off the concealing rug.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Her face was in deep shadow, where she purposely kept it to conceal its pallor and its tremor.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
We must have no concealments, Hester.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
The sea was completely free of ice, and the land bare, with the exception of some small snow-fields concealed in the valleys.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
From time to time his features assumed an expression of ill-concealed fear.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
The land-ridge is between the two parties, its crest concealing them from one another.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
A tester bed was near him, whose grim shadow concealed the objects under its huge canopy.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Her dishevelled hair hung down over her forehead and quite concealed her face.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Moreover, she is too coldly and obviously analytical and lacks the tact to conceal it.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Renwick in his place of concealment trembled again.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs

In poetry:

BUT. Hold! Ere upon your loss
You lay much stress,
A long-concealed crime
I would confess.
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Where is my God? what hidden place
Conceals thee still?
What covert dare eclipse thy face?
Is it thy will?
"The Search" by George Herbert
Concealing unrepentantly
And trimming you in white,
How often he has brought you home
Into the town at night!
"First Snow" by Boris Pasternak
The snowy lid and lashes long
Conceal her downcast eye,
She's reading and till now I have
Passed unnoticed by.
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
Deep secrets of His providence,
In darkness long concealed,
Unto the vision of my soul
Were graciously revealed.
"In Memory Of A Happy Day In February" by Anne Bronte
And, tribute to thy modesty,
The violet emblem meet,—
Itself concealing, yet on all
Shedding its perfume sweet.
"To A Beautiful Child On Her Birthday With A Wreath Of Flowers" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

Proper Concealment for Goose Hunting.
Blalock, 33, of 2088 Penelope St, of Atlanta, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after one and a half pounds of marijuana was discovered concealed inside a stereo speaker.
While this works fine, it is very hard to conceal without wearing very baggy button up shirts or jackets.
Raven Concealment Systems Phantom Light Compatible Holster.
Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment .
Cheney Is Linked to Concealment of C.I.A.
The drugs were hidden in four metal containers concealed in the truck's gas tank.
The fruits are concealed ripening amongst the cone casings in the center of the plant.
Media D? cor introduces its latest design for concealing and viewing flat-panel displays.
Media Décor introduces its latest design for concealing and viewing flat-panel displays.
First, purchase cord -concealment products from your local office supply store.
Purchase cord -concealment products from your local office supply store.
Republicans say Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department are concealing details on Fast and Furious.
CrossBreed Holsters, an industry-leading manufacturer of concealment holsters, has introduced the Ankle Rig holster to its product line.
CrossBreed Holsters, an industry-leading manufacturer of concealment holsters, has introduced the Ankle Rig holster to its product line.

In science:

The trouble is that data races are concealed in enormous number of memory operations, while it is NP-hard to identify whether there exists data race between a pair of memory operations .
Efficient Deterministic Replay Using Complete Race Detection
Also the principle of covariance has no physical meaning at all and also conceals the fact that the General Theory of Relativity has no dynamic invariance group.
Rigid motions and generalized Newtonian gravitation. Lost in Translation
The log T -dependence of the resistivity will be concealed by the spin-orbit interaction.
Kondo Effect in the Presence of Spin-Orbit Coupling
We have the term (α/T )2 that comes from the spin-orbit interaction, and this term will conceal the logarithmic dependence of the resistivity.
Kondo Effect in the Presence of Spin-Orbit Coupling
The Kondo effect is suppressed and the log T -dependence of the resistivity will be weakened and concealed.
Kondo Effect in the Presence of Spin-Orbit Coupling