Definition of ELINT in English:

ELINT

noun

mass noun
  • Covert intelligence-gathering by electronic means.

    as modifier ‘two ELINT engineers and three FBI agents’
    • ‘It also gathered much vital electronic intelligence, or Elint, meaning those signals put out by radar, missiles, and other devices.’
    • ‘Unlike most other ELINT satellites, which operate in geosynchronous orbits, Mercurys are placed in even higher orbits and move in complex, elliptical patterns.’
    • ‘ELINT primarily focuses on non-communications signals intelligence.’
    information gathering, surveillance, observation, reconnaissance, spying, espionage, undercover work, infiltration, cyberespionage, humint
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Origin

1960s (originally US): blend of electronic and intelligence.

Pronunciation

ELINT

/ɪˈlɪnt/