- 1The disguising of military personnel, equipment, and installations by painting or covering them to make them blend in with their surroundings: on the trenches were pieces of turf, which served for camouflage [as modifier]: camouflage netsMore example sentences
- By 1918, the use of military camouflage was axiomatic, and in 1939 war artists were again mobilized to advise on concealment.
- New ideas are often slow to catch on in the military, and digital camouflage was one of them.
- Jackson had since met a woman from his wilderness group and they tied the knot in camouflage military fatigues.
- 1.1The clothing or materials used for disguise: figures dressed in army camouflageMore example sentences
- Two giants appeared from a nearby army barracks in camouflage and studded helmets.
- There are too many hunters with guns wearing camouflage and Red Sox hats.
- Woolrich offers both camouflage and traditional hunting clothing for turkey hunters.
- 1.2An animal’s natural coloring or form that enables it to blend in with its surroundings: the whiteness of polar bears provides camouflageMore example sentences
- One of the most widespread and varied adaptations is natural camouflage, an animal's ability to hide itself from predator and prey.
- Thus plumage soiling not only provides instant camouflage but, unlike molting, is easily reversible.
- In its natural environment its mottled colouring provides camouflage.
- 1.3Actions or devices intended to disguise or mislead: much of my apparent indifference was merely protective camouflageMore example sentences
- Detailed centralised supervision and inspection is a recipe for decline which official statistics merely camouflage.
- Bara also warned that such a hasty accusation could prompt a perception among the public that it is merely camouflage for the real masterminds of the bombings.
- They're complete masters of camouflage and deception.
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- 1Hide or disguise the presence of (a person, animal, or object) by means of camouflage: the war area had to be camouflaged with mudMore example sentences
- Carle's trademark artwork is enhanced by acetate overlays behind which the fish are camouflaged in an effect that is very beautiful.
- Any small triplefin that ventured too close to these camouflaged predators met a quick end in their cavernous mouths.
- The nymphs are not as brightly colored as the adults, but are well camouflaged predators who ambush their prey.
- 1.1Conceal the existence of (something undesirable): grievances should be discussed, not camouflagedMore example sentences
- Of course, the administration deserves to be criticized for its crude attempts to camouflage the painful reality of the occupation.
- Her gift for profanity does not a thing to camouflage her upper-class upbringing.
- Lumping all transition economies into the same academic pot has camouflaged important differences.
World War I: from French, from camoufler 'to disguise' (originally thieves' slang), from Italian camuffare 'disguise, deceive', perhaps by association with French camouflet 'whiff of smoke in the face'.