- (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 patrolling
Gurley was gunned down on Nov. 20, when a pair of cops was patrolling the rough housing project.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC
December 28, 2014
At a minimum it could boost the number of troops it has patrolling the 900-kilometer frontier, Yavuz told The Daily Beast.Is NATO Ally Turkey Tacitly Fueling the ISIS War Machine?
September 8, 2014
But at the same time a few well-known sellers were patrolling the street in their own cars looking for customers.As Iran’s Marijuana Trade Thrives, Is It Becoming a Nation of Stoners?
August 10, 2014
The lack of infrastructure and unforgiving terrain make smuggling – and patrolling for smugglers – difficult here.U.S. Drug and Immigration Checkpoints Take Toll on Border Towns
Andrew Becker, G. W. Schulz
June 18, 2013
Their patrolling, their bravery, their sacrifice gave the Afghans breathing room to take charge of their own affairs.What the Frontier of Afghanistan Tells Us About the War
John Kael Weston
May 11, 2013
I have been patrolling this road since noon to-day waiting for you.Scaramouche
Thus only can she hope to escape Tardivet's men that are patrolling the road from France.The Trampling of the Lilies
We are spending our time mostly in foraging, scouting, and patrolling.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
Constables of the Mounted Police were patrolling the streets.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Then there is the provost guard, patrolling the streets of Gibraltar.Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service
H. Irving Hancock
- 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 patrolling
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.