verb (used without object), pa·trolled, pa·trol·ling.
verb (used with object), pa·trolled, pa·trol·ling.
Origin of patrol
Related Words for patrolledvigilance, garrison, safeguard, inspect, cruise, lookout, spy, watching, watch, protection, sentinel, scouting, policing, escorting, protecting, pound, police, mount, range, shotgun
Examples from the Web for patrolled
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of patrolled
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
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.