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reconnaissance

[ri-kon-uh-suh ns, -zuh ns] /rɪˈkɒn ə səns, -zəns/
noun
1.
the act of reconnoitering.
2.
Military. a search made for useful military information in the field, especially by examining the ground.
3.
Surveying, Civil Engineering. a general examination or survey of a region, usually followed by a detailed survey.
4.
Geology. an examination or survey of the general geological characteristics of a region.
Also, reconnoissance.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; < French; Middle French reconoissance recognizance
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British Dictionary definitions for reconnaissance

reconnaissance

/rɪˈkɒnɪsəns/
noun
1.
the act of reconnoitring
2.
the process of obtaining information about the position, activities, resources, etc, of an enemy or potential enemy
3.
a preliminary inspection of an area of land before an engineering survey is made
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French reconoistre to explore, recognize
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Word Origin and History for reconnaissance
n.

1810, from French reconnaissance "act of surveying," literally "recognition," from Old French reconoissance "recognition, acknowledgement" (see recognizance).

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