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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj secretive inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information "although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it"
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Application by Sidney Brooks for membership in the secret Order of '76 Application by Sidney Brooks for membership in the secret Order of '76
Letter written by secret agent No. 31 Letter written by secret agent No. 31

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Silk was developed in China were it was kept a secret for more than two thousands years. Anyone found trying to smuggle silkworm eggs or cocoons out of the country was immediately put to death
    • a Secretive Tending to secrete, or to keep secret or private; as, a secretive disposition.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During warm weather, hippos secrete a reddish, oily fluid, called pink sweat, which acts as a skin conditioner to keep it moist.
    • secretive Tending to secrete or keep secret; given to secrecy or concealment; reticent or reserved concerning one's own or another's affairs.
    • secretive Causing or promoting secretion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During World War II Canadian scientists secretly developed biological weapons which were later taken over by the USA. Anthrax was one.
    • Secretive tending to, or causing, secretion: given to secrecy or to keeping secrets
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  • Walter Chrysler
    Walter Chrysler
    “The real secret to success is enthusiasm.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing.”
  • Thucydides
    “The secret of freedom, courage.”
  • Louis Pasteur
    “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal, My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
    “The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.”


Open secret - An open secret is something that is supposed to be secret but is common knowledge.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. secernĕre, secretum.


In literature:

It is probable that in secret Ursus criticized Providence a good deal.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
They two had the astonishing, the incredible secret between them.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
As to the bedroom, no human being had ever penetrated its secrets.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
But all doctors are strangely secretive.
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
Down with all secret diplomacy!
"The Great Prince Shan" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Westerling started as if he had been surprised in a secret.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
The design of concealment in the case of other secret associations, we understand to be the same.
"Secret Societies" by David MacDill, Jonathan Blanchard, and Edward Beecher
She trusted me with all her secrets.
"Lady Rose's Daughter" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Ambrose Rookwood's seat, Coldham Hall, near Bury St. Edmunds, exists and retains its secret chapel and hiding-places.
"Secret Chambers and Hiding Places" by Allan Fea
Edith, too, was secretly alarmed, and Lucia could read secrets.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
The Secrets of a Princess.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
He secretly longed for the message to be what he secretly knew it would not be.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
In a few hours, at most, I should be free again, and our contract would remain for ever a secret.
"In White Raiment" by William Le Queux
In it I suspected there was some hidden clue to his secret, but of its nature I could not even guess.
"As We Forgive Them" by William Le Queux
Has our secret really been divulged?
"The Day of Temptation" by William Le Queux
I'm a diplomat's daughter, and can keep a secret when necessary.
"Her Majesty's Minister" by William Le Queux
The inquiry is plain proof that murder has been committed, and further, that more than one person is in the secret.
"An Eye for an Eye" by William Le Queux
Your secret, and the secret of the theft, shall remain mine.
"The Great Court Scandal" by William Le Queux
It was to this gift of languages that I owed my entrance to the ranks of the French Secret Service.
"Sant of the Secret Service" by William Le Queux
What secret could they contain?
"The Great God Gold" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

Man. I am the knyght, I come by nyght
As secret as I can,
Saying, alas! thus standeth the case,
I am a banishyd man.
"The Nut-Brown Maid. A Poem." by Matthew Prior
The shy shadow in the farden
loves the sun in silence,
Flowers guess the secret, and mile,
while the leaves whisper.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
I have given her all my heart
And all that was ever mine,
My secret castle of dreams and all
That is in me of divine.
"The Heath-Maid" by Ethel Clifford
And so, O Lord, not yet I dare
To clasp thee to my breast;
Though well I know that only there
Is hid the secret rest.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
Eight million Shinto deities
travel secretly throughout the earth.
Those modest gods touch us--
touch us and move on.
"When sorrow lays us low" by Jorge Luis Borges
"The tale I would to thee unfold
In secret must be said;
And when the midnight hour is told,
Fair love, be not afraid.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

The Alibi Network helps people keep their secrets for a small fee.
Hollywood Hair and Makeup Secrets.
Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and secrets with readers for many years.
Six tyrants and their secret hobbies.
Secret Romney video shows he's been faking voter love all along .
Secret Circle's Aptitude Contradicts Pedigree.
US assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say.
Obama Campaign Trade Secret Snafu and the 5 Trade Secret s Owned By Every Business.
Well he's not keeping his speed secrets a secret any longer.
Gore Vidal once tried to get me to print an alleged secret-a very big secret-about Richard Nixon's penis.
There's a reason Selita Ebanks wasn't giving out her number at last week's Mets-Phillies game: The Victoria's Secret beauty is secretly seeing Philadelphia first base man Ryan Howard.
The secret to life is that there is no secret.
A San Diego real estate mogul who appeared on the reality show "Secret Millionaire " is making no secret of his deepest desires.
Wyomissing's 'secret weapon' no longer secret.
Powell quickly figured out the secret to beating Oak Ridge in the Secret City.

In science:

If the only constraints on the flow of information are those which follows from special relativity, cryptography becomes impossible: any secret bit or key inevitably leaks out to the adversary at the speed of light as soon as produced.
Random Numbers Certified by Bell's Theorem
Papakonstantinou, Uncovering the secrets of the 2d random-bond Blume-Capel model, in the present volume.
On Spin Systems with Quenched Randomness: Classical and Quantum
So to extract a secret key from the large source of randomness, they need an extractor which only reads ℓ ≪ n bits.
Trevisan's extractor in the presence of quantum side information
Yao, “How to generate and exchange secrets”, In Proc. of the 27th IEEE Symp. on Foundations of Computer Science, 1986, pp. 162–167.
An Improved Approach to High Level Privacy Preserving Itemset Mining
Parikh, “A secret tunnel through the horizon,” Int.
A WKB-like approach to Unruh Radiation
Let m∗ be the result of unsigncrypting δ ∗ under the secret key corresponding to IDB .
Provable Secure Identity Based Generalized Signcryption Scheme
These methods are all similar in spirit: the secret is to apply a penalty to complex models, which is more or less severe depending on the amount of data.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
In our next measurement, at 4.5 km, there is no secret key rate.
QKD in Standard Optical Telecommunications Networks
Salvail: Secret-key reconciliation by public discussion.
QKD in Standard Optical Telecommunications Networks
We’ve seen that it’s possible to communicate secretly without agreeing on a secret key beforehand; nevertheless, it is more efficient if you have agreed on such a secret key.
Can Random Coin Flips Speed Up a Computer?
Let’s say you only need a 40 digit secret key to communicate secretly.
Can Random Coin Flips Speed Up a Computer?
Secrecy is required from an eavesdropper that has access to the public interterminal communication. A (single-letter) formula for secret key capacity brings out a natural connection between the problem of secret key generation and a combinatorial problem of maximal packing of Steiner trees in an associated multigraph.
Secret Key Generation for a Pairwise Independent Network Model
An explicit algorithm is proposed for secret key generation based on a maximal packing of Steiner trees in a multigraph; the corresponding maximum rate of Steiner tree packing is thus a lower bound for the secret key capacity.
Secret Key Generation for a Pairwise Independent Network Model
When only two of the terminals or when all the terminals seek to share a secret key, the mentioned algorithm achieves secret key capacity in which case the bound is tight.
Secret Key Generation for a Pairwise Independent Network Model
In this case it is often reasonable to assume that the adversary does not learn the entire information of the secret (otherwise security is completely lost), and that the secret has some amount of entropy left.
On the Problem of Local Randomness in Privacy Amplification with an Active Adversary