1. The act of stealing; theft. [Obs.]
The owner proveth the stealth to have been committed upon him by such an outlaw. --Spenser.
2. The thing stolen; stolen property. [Obs.] “Sluttish dens . . . serving to cover stealths.”
3. The bringing to pass anything in a secret or concealed manner; a secret procedure; a clandestine practice or action; -- in either a good or a bad sense.
Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame. --Pope.
The monarch, blinded with desire of wealth,
With steel invades the brother's life by stealth. --Dryden.
I told him of your stealth unto this wood. --Shak.
n : avoiding detection by moving carefully [syn: stealing]