- 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
Examples from the Web for reconnoissance
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for reconnaissance
1810, from French reconnaissance "act of surveying," literally "recognition," from Old French reconoissance "recognition, acknowledgement" (see recognizance).