[uh-kuhlt, ok-uhlt] /əˈkʌlt, ˈɒk ʌlt/
of or relating to magic, astrology, or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies.
beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious.
secret; disclosed or communicated only to the initiated.
hidden from view.
Medicine/Medical. present in amounts too small to be visible:
a chemical test to detect occult blood in the stool.
the supernatural or supernatural agencies and affairs considered as a whole (usually preceded by the).
occult studies or sciences (usually preceded by the).
verb (used with object)
to block or shut off (an object) from view; hide.
Astronomy. to hide (a celestial body) by .
verb (used without object)
to become hidden or shut off from view.
adjective (ɒˈkʌlt; ˈɒkʌlt)
beyond ordinary human understanding
secret or esoteric
(astronomy) (of a celestial body) to hide (another celestial body) from view by occultation or (of a celestial body) to become hidden by occultation
to hide or become hidden or shut off from view
(intransitive) (of lights, esp in lighthouses) to shut off at regular intervals
1530s, “secret, not divulged,” from Middle French occulte and directly from Latin occultus “hidden, concealed, secret,” past participle of occulere “cover over, conceal,” from ob “over” (see ob-) + a verb related to celare “to hide,” from PIE root *kel- “to hide” (see cell). Meaning “not apprehended by the mind, beyond the range of understanding” is from 1540s. The association with the supernatural sciences (magic, alchemy, astrology, etc.) dates from 1630s.
occult oc·cult (ə-kŭlt’, ŏk’ŭlt’)
- Occult fracture
occult fracture n. A fracture that does not appear in x-rays, although the bone shows new bone formation within three or four weeks of fracture.
- Occult hydrocephalus
occult hydrocephalus n. See normal pressure hydrocephalus.
noun, Navigation. 1. a beacon having a light covered briefly at regular intervals.
[uh-kuhl-tiz-uh m] /əˈkʌl tɪz əm/ noun 1. belief in the existence of secret, mysterious, or supernatural agencies. 2. the study or practice of arts. /ˈɒkʌlˌtɪzəm/ noun 1. belief in and the study and practice of magic, astrology, etc n. 1870, from occult + -ism. Related: Occultist.