reconnaissance

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Reconnaissance \Re*con"nais*sance\, Reconnoissance \Re*con"nois*sance\(r?-k?n"n?s-s?ns), noun [F. See {Recognizance}.] The act of reconnoitering; preliminary examination or survey. Specifically: (a) (Geol.) An examination or survey of a region in reference to its general geological character. (b) (Engin.) An examination of a region as to its general natural features, preparatory to a more particular survey for the purposes of triangulation, or of determining the location of a public work. (c) (Mil.) An examination of a territory, or of an enemy's position, for the purpose of obtaining information necessary for directing military operations; a preparatory expedition.

{Reconnoissance in force} (Mil.), a demonstration or attack by a large force of troops for the purpose of discovering the position and strength of an enemy. Reconnoiter

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

reconnaissance

noun

1: the act of reconnoitring (especially to gain information about an enemy or potential enemy); "an exchange of fire occurred on a reconnaissance mission" [syn: {reconnaissance}, {reconnaissance mission}]


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