- (of a police officer, soldier, etc.) to pass along a road, beat, etc., or around or through a specified area in order to maintain order and security.
- to maintain the order and security of (a road, beat, area, etc.) by passing along or through it.
- a person or group of persons assigned to patrol an area, road, etc.
- an automobile, ship, plane, squadron, fleet, etc., assigned to patrol an area.
- Military. a detachment of two or more persons, often a squad or platoon, detailed for reconnaissance or combat.
- the act of patrolling.
- patrol wagon.
- (in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts) a subdivision of a troop, usually consisting of about eight members.
Origin of patrol
Examples from the Web for patrolled
Both borders are patrolled by UN peacekeepers, missions that all parties disparage as weak and biased.War of Words Between Israel and UN Continues
August 10, 2014
Men and youths wearing surgical masks or balaclavas guarded the building and patrolled its immediate vicinity.Inside a Russian-Occupied Police Station in Ukraine
April 13, 2014
He patrolled on foot, and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) filled the donkey paths that crisscrossed the wadis and hills.How a Thumb-Sized Gauge Is Revolutionizing Traumatic Brain Injuries
March 23, 2014
They patrolled the station to protect military personnel, equipment and facilities.How William's Guard Dogs Were Killed Days After He Left His RAF Job
September 18, 2013
Col. Harry Tunnell commanded a brigade that included the 1–17 battalion, which patrolled Arghandab in central Kandahar province.6 Ways the U.S. Failed in Afghanistan: Speed Read of ‘Little America’
The Daily Beast
July 4, 2012
It is still dark, but the streets are patrolled and every gate is closed, and how are you to escape?The Eternal City
They cooked; they slept; they drilled and patrolled the beach.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
It gave Gordon something to think about while they patrolled the beat.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
Back and forth she patrolled along the edges of the windfall.The Black Phantom
Leo Edward Miller
But who was this fellow in the Bavarian hat, who patrolled the sidewalk?The Place of Honeymoons
- the action of going through or around a town, neighbourhood, etc, at regular intervals for purposes of security or observation
- a person or group that carries out such an action
- a military detachment with the mission of security, gathering information, or combat with enemy forces
- a division of a troop of Scouts or Guides
- to engage in a patrol of (a place)
Word Origin and History for patrolled
1660s, "action of going the rounds" (of a military camp, etc.), from French patrouille "a night watch" (1530s), from patrouiller "go the rounds to watch or guard," originally "tramp through the mud," probably soldiers' slang, from Old French patouiller "paddle in water," probably from pate "paw, foot" (see patten). Compare paddlefoot, World War II U.S. Army slang for "infantry soldier." Meaning "those who go on a patrol" is from 1660s. Sense of "detachment of soldiers sent out to scout the countryside, the enemy, etc." is attested from 1702.
1690s, from patrol (n.) and in part from French patrouiller. Related: Patrolled; patrolling.