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cam·ou·flage

(kăm′ə-fläzh′, -fläj′)
n.
1. The concealing of personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings.
2. Protective coloring or other appearance that conceals an animal and enables it to blend into its surroundings: The leopard's camouflage makes it blend in with the forest shadows.
3.
a. Cloth, netting, or other material used for camouflage: spread the camouflage over the tank.
b. Fabric or a garment dyed in splotches of green, brown, and tan, used for camouflage in certain environments.
v. cam·ou·flaged, cam·ou·flag·ing, cam·ou·flag·es
v. tr.
1. To conceal by the use of camouflage.
2. To conceal, usually through misrepresentation or other artifice: camouflaged their hatred with professions of friendship. See Synonyms at disguise.
v. intr.
To use camouflage for concealment.

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

cam′ou·flag′er n.
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camouflage

(ˈkæməˌflɑːʒ)
n
1. (Military) the exploitation of natural surroundings or artificial aids to conceal or disguise the presence of military units, equipment, etc
2. (modifier) (of fabric or clothing) having a design of irregular patches of dull colours (such as browns and greens), as used in military camouflage
3. (Biology) the means by which animals escape the notice of predators, usually because of a resemblance to their surroundings: includes cryptic and apatetic coloration
4. a device or expedient designed to conceal or deceive
vb
(tr) to conceal by camouflage
[C20: from French, from camoufler, from Italian camuffare to disguise, deceive, of uncertain origin]
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cam•ou•flage

(ˈkæm əˌflɑʒ)

n., v. -flaged, -flag•ing. n.
1.
a. the act or technique of disguising elements of a military installation so as not to be detectable, esp. by enemy aircraft.
b. the constructing of decoy objects that from a distance give the appearance of a military installation.
2. concealment by some means that alters or obscures the appearance.
3. a device or stratagem used for concealment.
4. clothing made of fabric with a mottled design, usu. green and brown, like that of military camouflage materials.
v.t.
5. to disguise, hide, or deceive by means of camouflage.
v.i.
6. to use camouflage.
[1915–20; < French, derivative of camoufler to disguise]
cam′ou•flage`a•ble, adj.
cam′ou•flag`er, n.
cam`ou•flag′ic, adj.
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cam·ou·flage

(kăm′ə-fläzh′)
Protective coloring or other appearance that conceals an animal and enables it to blend into its surroundings.
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camouflage

The use of natural or artificial material on personnel, objects, or tactical positions with the aim of confusing, misleading, or evading the enemy.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.

camouflage


Past participle: camouflaged
Gerund: camouflaging

Imperative
camouflage
camouflage
Present
I camouflage
you camouflage
he/she/it camouflages
we camouflage
you camouflage
they camouflage
Preterite
I camouflaged
you camouflaged
he/she/it camouflaged
we camouflaged
you camouflaged
they camouflaged
Present Continuous
I am camouflaging
you are camouflaging
he/she/it is camouflaging
we are camouflaging
you are camouflaging
they are camouflaging
Present Perfect
I have camouflaged
you have camouflaged
he/she/it has camouflaged
we have camouflaged
you have camouflaged
they have camouflaged
Past Continuous
I was camouflaging
you were camouflaging
he/she/it was camouflaging
we were camouflaging
you were camouflaging
they were camouflaging
Past Perfect
I had camouflaged
you had camouflaged
he/she/it had camouflaged
we had camouflaged
you had camouflaged
they had camouflaged
Future
I will camouflage
you will camouflage
he/she/it will camouflage
we will camouflage
you will camouflage
they will camouflage
Future Perfect
I will have camouflaged
you will have camouflaged
he/she/it will have camouflaged
we will have camouflaged
you will have camouflaged
they will have camouflaged
Future Continuous
I will be camouflaging
you will be camouflaging
he/she/it will be camouflaging
we will be camouflaging
you will be camouflaging
they will be camouflaging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been camouflaging
you have been camouflaging
he/she/it has been camouflaging
we have been camouflaging
you have been camouflaging
they have been camouflaging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been camouflaging
you will have been camouflaging
he/she/it will have been camouflaging
we will have been camouflaging
you will have been camouflaging
they will have been camouflaging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been camouflaging
you had been camouflaging
he/she/it had been camouflaging
we had been camouflaging
you had been camouflaging
they had been camouflaging
Conditional
I would camouflage
you would camouflage
he/she/it would camouflage
we would camouflage
you would camouflage
they would camouflage
Past Conditional
I would have camouflaged
you would have camouflaged
he/she/it would have camouflaged
we would have camouflaged
you would have camouflaged
they would have camouflaged
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.camouflage - an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of somethingcamouflage - an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something; "the theatrical notion of disguise is always associated with catastrophe in his stories"
semblance, gloss, color, colour - an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading; "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different color"
2.camouflage - 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
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
3.camouflage - device or stratagem for concealment or deceit
cover, covert, concealment, screen - a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; "a screen of trees afforded privacy"; "under cover of darkness"; "the brush provided a covert for game"; "the simplest concealment is to match perfectly the color of the background"
4.camouflage - the act of concealing the identity of something by modifying its appearance; "he is a master of disguise"
concealing, hiding, concealment - the activity of keeping something secret
Verb1.camouflage - disguise by camouflaging; exploit the natural surroundings to disguise something; "The troops camouflaged themselves before they went into enemy territory"
disguise, mask - make unrecognizable; "The herb masks the garlic taste"; "We disguised our faces before robbing the bank"
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camouflage

noun
1. protective colouring, mimicry, false appearance, deceptive markings Many animals employ camouflage to hide from predators.
2. disguise, front, cover, screen, blind, mask, cloak, guise, masquerade, subterfuge, concealment Her merrymaking was only a camouflage to disguise her grief.
verb
1. disguise, cover, screen, hide, mask, conceal, obscure, veil, cloak, obfuscate This is another clever attempt to camouflage reality.
disguise show, reveal, display, expose, bare, exhibit, unveil, uncover, unmask
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camouflage

verb
To change or modify so as to prevent recognition of the true identity or character of:
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Translations
تَمْويه، تَعْمِيَهيموّه، يُعمّـي
maskovánímaskovat
camouflagecamouflere
naamioida
álcázálcázás
kamuflase
felubúa, felulitafelubúningur, -litur
dengiamoji spalvadengtikamufliažasmaskuoti
maskēšanamaskēšanāsmaskētmaskēties
maskować
kamuflažaprikritiskriti
kamuflajkamuflaj yapmakgizlemegizlemek

camouflage

[ˈkæməflɑːʒ]
A. Ncamuflaje m
B. VTcamuflar
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camouflage

[ˈkæməflɑːʒ]
ncamouflage m
vtcamoufler
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

camouflage

n (Mil) → Tarnung f; (fig)Tarnung f, → Camouflage f (geh); for camouflagezur Tarnung; camouflage netsTarnnetze pl
vt (Mil, fig) → tarnen; she smiled but it didn’t camouflage her despairihr Lächeln konnte nicht über ihre Verzweiflung hinwegtäuschen

camouflage

in cpdsTarn-
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

camouflage

[ˈkæməflɑːʒ]
1. ncamuffamento (Mil) → mimetizzazione f
2. vtcamuffare (Mil) → mimetizzare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

camouflage

(ˈkӕməflaːʒ) noun
something, eg protective colouring, that makes an animal, person, building etc difficult for enemies to see against the background. The tiger's stripes are an effective camouflage in the jungle; The soldiers wound leaves and twigs round their helmets as camouflage.
verb
to conceal with camouflage.
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References in periodicals archive ?
When they moult out their primary wing feathers, they also moult out their brightly coloured breeding plumage making them appear drab and brown like the females whose cryptic colouration provides camouflage when they are incubating their eggs on the nest.
are louse-like in appearance, and are semitransparent, with a pale green or brown cryptic colouration. They are broadly ovoid in shape, dorso-ventrally flattened and convex dorsally.
If cryptic colouration is the creature's road to survival, colour's absence may be the best simulation of death, underlining soberingly just how few survived.