[ri-kon-uh-suh ns, -zuh ns]
- the act of reconnoitering.
- Military. a search made for useful military information in the field, especially by examining the ground.
- Surveying, Civil Engineering. a general examination or survey of a region, usually followed by a detailed survey.
- Geology. an examination or survey of the general geological characteristics of a region.
Origin of reconnaissance
1800–10; < French; Middle French reconoissance recognizance
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Examples from the Web for reconnoissance
While there a prisoner was brought in who had been taken during a reconnoissance.Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)
The reconnoissance was unsuccessful, the weather being unfavorable.The Citizen-Soldier
I did not need to tell her the result of my reconnoissance: she read it in my looks.
Satisfied on this head, I cast my eye abroad to make a reconnoissance of my quarters.
I had made this reconnoissance while my companion was engaged in fastening his pirogue to the tree.
- the act of reconnoitring
- the process of obtaining information about the position, activities, resources, etc, of an enemy or potential enemy
- a preliminary inspection of an area of land before an engineering survey is made
C18: from French, from Old French reconoistre to explore, recognize
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Word Origin and History for reconnoissance
1810, from French reconnaissance "act of surveying," literally "recognition," from Old French reconoissance "recognition, acknowledgement" (see recognizance).
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