Camouflage definition

kămə-fläzh, -fläj
Protective coloring or another feature that conceals an animal and enables it to blend into its surroundings.
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To conceal, usually through misrepresentation or other artifice.

Camouflaged their hatred with professions of friendship.

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The concealing of personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings.
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Any device or action used to conceal or mislead; deception.
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A shape or coloring that conceals.

The leopard's camouflage makes it blend in with the forest shadows.

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To use camouflage for concealment.
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The disguising of troops, ships, guns, etc. to conceal them from the enemy, as by the use of paint, nets, or leaves in patterns merging with the background.
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To disguise (a thing or person) in order to conceal.
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To camouflage is defined as to hide or disguise yourself.

An example of camouflage is when you dress in certain colors so you will blend in with your environment.

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Fabric or a garment dyed in splotches of green, brown, and tan, used for camouflage in certain environments.
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A disguise or covering up.
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To hide or disguise something by covering it up or changing the way it looks.
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To conceal by the use of camouflage.
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A disguise or concealment of this kind.
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(military) The use of natural or artificial material on personnel, objects, or tactical positions with the aim of confusing, misleading, or evading the enemy.
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(textiles) A pattern on clothing consisting of irregularly shaped patches that are either greenish/brownish, brownish/whitish, or bluish/whitish, as used by ground combat forces.
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Cloth, netting, or other material used for camouflage.

Spread the camouflage over the tank.

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The definition of camouflage refers to the process of making something less obvious such as military dress that allows soldiers to blend in with their surroundings, animal coloring that allows animals to blend in and actions taken to hide your true intentions.

An example of camouflage is green and white clothing worn by military men and women.

An example of camouflage is a chameleon's skin, which changes colors depending on his environment.

An example of camouflage is books you put in your backpack so you can pretend to go to the library when really you are sneaking out to a party.

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The act of disguising.
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(biology) Resemblance of an organism to its surroundings for avoiding detection.
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Clothes made from camouflage fabric, for concealment in combat or hunting.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
camouflage
Plural:
camouflages

Origin of camouflage

  • French from camoufler to disguise alteration (influenced by camouflet snub, smoke blown in one's face) of Italian camuffare

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French camouflage, from camoufler (“to veil, disguise”), alteration (due to camouflet "smoke blown in one's face") of Italian camuffare (“to muffle the head”), from ca- (from Italian capo "head") + muffare (“to muffle”), from Medieval Latin muffula, muffla (“muff”), from Frankish *molfell (“soft garment made of hide”) from *mol (“softened, forworn”) (akin to Old High German molawēn "to soften", Middle High German molwic "soft") + *fell (“hide, skin”), from Proto-Germanic *fellą (“skin, film, fleece”), from Proto-Indo-European *pel(e)(w)-, *plē(w)- (“skin, hide”). Akin to Old High German fel (“fell, skin, hide”), Old English fell (“fell, skin, hide”). Alternate etymology traces the Italian and Medieval Latin words to Middle High German mouwe, mōwe (“sleeve”) (German Muff "muff", Dutch mouw "sleeve") from Proto-Germanic *mawwō (“sleeve”) + fell "skin". More at mulch, fell.

    From Wiktionary