1. The act of stealing; theft. "The owner proveth the stealth to have been committed upon him by such an outlaw." (Spenser)

2. The thing stolen; stolen property. "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)

Origin: OE. Staple. See Steal.

(01 Mar 1998)