a detachment used for security or reconnaissance
the activity of going around or through an area at regular intervals for security purposes
a group that goes through a region at regular intervals for the purpose of security
maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol
A going of the rounds along the chain of sentinels and between the posts, by a guard, usually consisting of three or four men, to insure greater security from attacks on the outposts.
A movement, by a small body of troops beyond the line of outposts, to explore the country and gain intelligence of the enemy's whereabouts.
The guard or men who go the rounds for observation; a detachment whose duty it is to patrol.
Any perambulation of a particular line or district to guard it; also, the men thus guarding; as, a customs patrol; a fire patrol.
In France there is an army of patrols to secure her fiscal regulations. -A. Hamilton.
To go the rounds along a chain of sentinels; to traverse a police district or beat.
To go the rounds of, as a sentry, guard, or policeman; as, to patrol a frontier; to patrol a beat.
to go the rounds along a chain of sentinels; to traverse a police district or beat
t To go the rounds of, as a sentry, guard, or policeman; as, to patrol a frontier; to patrol a beat
a going of the rounds along the chain of sentinels and between the posts, by a guard, usually consisting of three or four men, to insure greater security from attacks on the outposts
a movement, by a small body of troops beyond the line of outposts, to explore the country and gain intelligence of the enemy's whereabouts
the guard or men who go the rounds for observation; a detachment whose duty it is to patrol
any perambulation of a particular line or district to guard it; also, the men thus guarding; as, a customs patrol; a fire patrol
Origin: [F. patrouiller, O. & Prov. F. patrouiller to paddle, paw about, patrol, fr. patte a paw; cf. D. poot paw, G. pfote, and E. pat, v.]
A patrol is commonly a group of personnel, such as police officers or soldiers, that are assigned to monitor a specific geographic area.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pa-trōl′, v.i. to go the rounds in a camp or garrison: to watch and protect.—v.t. to pass round as a sentry:—pr.p. patrōl′ling; pa.t. and pa.p. patrōlled′.—n. the marching round of a guard in the night: the guard or men who make a patrol: (also Patrōl′man) a policeman who walks about a certain beat for a specified time, such policemen collectively. [O. Fr. patrouille, a patrol, patrouiller, to march in the mud, through a form patouiller, from pate (mod. patte), the paw or foot of a beast, of Teut. origin, cf. Ger. patsche, little hand.]
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
A detachment of ground, sea, or air forces sent out for the purpose of gathering information or carrying out a destructive, harassing, mopping-up, or security mission. See also combat air patrol.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Patrol' in Nouns Frequency: #2809
The numerical value of Patrol in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of Patrol in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We had two-thirds of our road patrol tied up on this fiasco.
Burns was safely standing at the rear of his own patrol vehicle.
The two boats were small patrol boats, but may still have some intelligence value.
China will likely conduct its first (submarine) nuclear deterrence patrol sometime in 2015.
I watched Border Patrol agents cooking food, bringing clothes and toys from home for these children.
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Translations for Patrol
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- patrullaCatalan, Valencian
- patrulla, ronda, patrullar, hacer la rondaSpanish
- partioida, vartio, partio, vartiomies, partiointiFinnish
- drappello, perlustrazione, ricognizione, pattuglia, battere, pattugliamento, setacciare, pattugliare, perlustrare, ispezionare, rondaItalian
- патруль, патрулирование, дозор, патрулироватьRussian
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