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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Definitions for reconnoiter

  1. To make an inspection or observation.
  2. To inspect, observe, or survey (the enemy, the enemy's strength or position, a region, etc.) in order to gain information for military purposes.
  3. To examine or survey a region or area for engineering, geological, or other purposes.

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Citations for reconnoiter
It was necessary to reconnoiter the corral, in order to ascertain if it was occupied. Jules Verne, The Mysterious Island
I must ride up on that mountain, and reconnoiter; otherwise you see they might come down from the mountain. Leo Tolstoy, A Russian Proprietor and Other Stories
Origin of reconnoiter
1700-1710
Reconnoiter comes from the French word reconnoître meaning "to explore."