What does camouflage mean?

Definitions for camouflage
ˈkæm əˌflɑʒcam·ou·flage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disguise, camouflagenoun

    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something

    "the theatrical notion of disguise is always associated with catastrophe in his stories"

  2. camouflage, camonoun

    fabric dyed with splotches of green and brown and black and tan; intended to make the wearer of a garment made of this fabric hard to distinguish from the background

  3. camouflagenoun

    device or stratagem for concealment or deceit

  4. disguise, camouflageverb

    the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance

    "he is a master of disguise"

  5. camouflageverb

    disguise by camouflaging; exploit the natural surroundings to disguise something

    "The troops camouflaged themselves before they went into enemy territory"

Wiktionary

  1. camouflagenoun

    A disguise or covering up.

  2. camouflagenoun

    The act of disguising.

  3. camouflagenoun

    The use of natural or artificial material on personnel, objects, or tactical positions with the aim of confusing, misleading, or evading the enemy.

  4. camouflagenoun

    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.

  5. camouflagenoun

    Resemblance of an organism to its surroundings for avoiding detection

  6. camouflagenoun

    Clothes made from camouflage fabric, for concealment in combat or hunting.

  7. camouflageverb

    To hide or disguise something by covering it up or changing the way it looks.

  8. Etymology: camoufler, alteration (due to camouflet "to blow smoke in one's face") of camuffare, from (from capo "head") + muffare, from muffula, of origin, from * from * (akin to molawen "to soften", molwic "soft") + *, from fellan, from pel(e)(w)-. Akin to fel, fell.

Wikipedia

  1. Camouflage

    Camouflage is the use of any combination of materials, coloration, or illumination for concealment, either by making animals or objects hard to see, or by disguising them as something else. Examples include the leopard's spotted coat, the battledress of a modern soldier, and the leaf-mimic katydid's wings. A third approach, motion dazzle, confuses the observer with a conspicuous pattern, making the object visible but momentarily harder to locate, as well as making general aiming easier. The majority of camouflage methods aim for crypsis, often through a general resemblance to the background, high contrast disruptive coloration, eliminating shadow, and countershading. In the open ocean, where there is no background, the principal methods of camouflage are transparency, silvering, and countershading, while the ability to produce light is among other things used for counter-illumination on the undersides of cephalopods such as squid. Some animals, such as chameleons and octopuses, are capable of actively changing their skin pattern and colours, whether for camouflage or for signalling. It is possible that some plants use camouflage to evade being eaten by herbivores. Military camouflage was spurred by the increasing range and accuracy of firearms in the 19th century. In particular the replacement of the inaccurate musket with the rifle made personal concealment in battle a survival skill. In the 20th century, military camouflage developed rapidly, especially during the First World War. On land, artists such as André Mare designed camouflage schemes and observation posts disguised as trees. At sea, merchant ships and troop carriers were painted in dazzle patterns that were highly visible, but designed to confuse enemy submarines as to the target's speed, range, and heading. During and after the Second World War, a variety of camouflage schemes were used for aircraft and for ground vehicles in different theatres of war. The use of radar since the mid-20th century has largely made camouflage for fixed-wing military aircraft obsolete. Non-military use of camouflage includes making cell telephone towers less obtrusive and helping hunters to approach wary game animals. Patterns derived from military camouflage are frequently used in fashion clothing, exploiting their strong designs and sometimes their symbolism. Camouflage themes recur in modern art, and both figuratively and literally in science fiction and works of literature.

ChatGPT

  1. camouflage

    Camouflage is a strategy used by animals and humans where coloration, patterns, materials, or behaviors are used to blend in with the surrounding environment in order to hide from or deceive predators or prey. This tactic is used as a means of survival or for strategic advantage.

Wikidata

  1. Camouflage

    Camouflage is the use of any combination of materials, coloration or illumination for concealment, either by making animals or objects hard to see, or by disguising them as something else. Examples include the leopard's spotted coat, the battledress of a modern soldier, and the leaf-mimic katydid's wings. A third approach, motion dazzle, confuses the observer with a conspicuous pattern, making the object visible but momentarily harder to locate. The majority of camouflage methods aim for crypsis, often through a general resemblance to the background, high contrast disruptive coloration, eliminating shadow, and countershading. In the open ocean, where there is no background, the principal methods of camouflage are transparency, silvering, and countershading, while the ability to produce light is among other things used for counter-illumination on the undersides of cephalopods such as squid. Some animals, such as chameleons and octopuses, are capable of actively changing their skin pattern and colours, whether for camouflage or for signalling. Military camouflage was spurred by the increasing range and accuracy of firearms in the 19th century. In particular the replacement of the inaccurate musket with the rifle made personal concealment in battle a survival skill. In the 20th century, military camouflage developed rapidly, especially during the First World War. On land, artists such as André Mare designed camouflage schemes and observation posts disguised as trees. At sea, warships and troop carriers were painted in dazzle patterns that were highly visible, but designed to confuse enemy gunners as to the target's speed, range, and heading. During and after the Second World War, a variety of camouflage schemes were used for aircraft and for ground vehicles in different theatres of war. The use of radar in the Cold War period has largely made camouflage for fixed-wing military aircraft obsolete.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. camouflage

    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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of camouflage in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of camouflage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of camouflage in a Sentence

  1. Alon Gorodetsky:

    Soldiers wear uniforms with the familiar green and brown camouflage patterns to blend into foliage during the day, but under low light and at night, they're still vulnerable to infrared detection, you can draw inspiration from nature that has been developed over millions of years, giving us ideas we might not have been able to come up with otherwise.

  2. Dasha Navalnaya:

    We would look around the train and then start chatting with the guy who had the worst camouflage outfit and the black cap and the weird strappy bag on the side, and we would jump out – not out of the train but out of the the subway car.

  3. Eamonn Flanagan:

    We remain puzzled why Aviva felt the need to do it now. Is it a camouflage for issues within its own internal restructuring and turnaround story?

  4. Ron DeSantis:

    They don't want to admit that they support a lot of the things that we're providing protections against, for example, they support sexualizing kids in kindergarten. They support injecting woke gender ideology into second grade classrooms. … And so what they're doing with these slogans and these narratives is they are trying to camouflage their true intentions.

  5. Abu Ahmed:

    Yesterday there was a big Russian air strike, but we organized ourselves, with the rest of the factions. We are used to the new situation, we camouflage headquarters, and cars, and dig trenches.

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