verb (used without object), pa·trolled, pa·trol·ling.
verb (used with object), pa·trolled, pa·trol·ling.
- patrol car,
- patrol torpedo boat,
- patrol wagon,
Origin of patrol
Examples from the Web for patrol
“They just walk around, they ride in their patrol cars, and they just pass by,” he said.
Brinsley stepped up to the passenger side of the patrol car, raised a silver Taurus semi-automatic pistol and began firing.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lewis and the men he was with were given a goat and chicken that they were expected to kill and eat while on patrol.
On Southland, McKenzie played Ben Sherman, a patrol officer on the mean streets of Los Angeles.Ben McKenzie’s Journey From Reluctant Teen Idol on ‘The O.C.’ to Sheriff of ‘Gotham’|Marlow Stern|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But uniformed guards do not patrol the halls of even the highest-risk units.
In the Mediterranean also there were a number of patrol gunboats and minesweepers similar to the fighting sloops.Submarine Warfare of To-day|Charles W. Domville-Fife
"Patrol mobile coming in on southeast vector," Ali announced calmly.Plague Ship|Andre Norton
When the patrol started from Fort Macpherson everything seemed favourable for a mid-winter trip.Policing the Plains|R.G. MacBeth
Binnie was leading, and was hit in the shoulder when trying to extricate two of his patrol from a cloud of enemies.Sixty Squadron R.A.F.|Group-Captain A. J. L. Scott
Each station would be provided with patrol, fighting, and observation airplanes.Aircraft and Submarines|Willis J. Abbot.
verb -trols, -trolling or -trolled
Word Origin for patrol
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.