What does smoke screen mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term smoke screen:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. smoke screen, smokescreen(noun)

    (military) screen consisting of a cloud of smoke that obscures movements

  2. smoke screen, smokescreen(noun)

    an action intended to conceal or confuse or obscure

    "requesting new powers of surveillance is just a smokescreen to hide their failures"


  1. smoke screen(Noun)



  1. Smoke screen

    A smoke screen is smoke released to mask the movement or location of military units such as infantry, tanks, aircraft or ships. Smoke screens are commonly deployed either by a canister or generated by a vehicle. Whereas smoke screens would originally have been used to hide movement from enemies' line of sight, modern technology means that they are now also available in new forms; they can screen in the infrared as well as visible spectrum of light to prevent detection by infrared sensors or viewers, and also available for vehicles is a superdense form used to prevent laser beams of enemy target designators or range finders on vehicles.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smoke screen in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smoke screen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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