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Definitions for reconnaissance
rɪˈkɒn ə səns, -zənsre·con·nais·sance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reconnaissance, reconnaissance missionnoun

    the act of reconnoitring (especially to gain information about an enemy or potential enemy)

    "an exchange of fire occurred on a reconnaissance mission"


  1. reconnaissancenoun

    The act of scouting or exploring (especially military or medical) to gain information.

    Etymology: From reconnaissance


  1. Reconnaissance

    In military operations, reconnaissance or scouting is the exploration outside an area occupied by friendly forces to gain information about natural features and other activities in the area. Examples of reconnaissance include patrolling by troops (skirmishers, Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol, U.S. Army Rangers, cavalry scouts, or military intelligence specialists), ships or submarines, manned/unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, satellites, or by setting up covert observation posts. Espionage normally is not reconnaissance, because reconnaissance is a military's special forces operating ahead of its main forces; spies are non-combatants operating behind enemy lines. Often called "recce" (British, Canadian and Australian English) or "recon" (American English), the associated verb is reconnoitre.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reconnaissancenoun

    the act of reconnoitering; preliminary examination or survey

  2. Reconnaissancenoun

    an examination or survey of a region in reference to its general geological character

  3. Reconnaissancenoun

    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

  4. Reconnaissancenoun

    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


  1. Reconnaissance

    Reconnaissance is the military term for exploring beyond the area occupied by friendly forces to gain vital information about enemy forces or features of the environment for later analysis and/or dissemination. Often referred to as recce or recon, the associated verb is reconnoitre in British English or reconnoiter in American English. Examples of reconnaissance include patrolling by troops, ships or submarines, manned/unmanned aircraft, satellites, or by setting up covert observation posts. Espionage normally is not reconnaissance, because reconnaissance is a military force's operating ahead of its main forces; spies are non-combatants operating behind enemy lines.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reconnaissance

    re-kon′i-sans, n. the act of reconnoitring: a survey or examination: the examination of a tract of country with a view to military or engineering operations.—Reconnaissance in force, an attack by a body of troops to discover the strength of the enemy. [Fr.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. reconnaissance

    A mission undertaken to obtain, by visual observation or other detection methods, information about the activities and resources of an enemy or adversary, or to

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. reconnaissance

    A word adopted from the French, as meaning a military or nautical examination of a place.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reconnaissance in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reconnaissance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of reconnaissance in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister Manuel Valls:

    We are in close contact with the Egyptian authorities, both civil and military. The Egyptian authorities have already sent air reconnaissance teams to the site, and France is ready to help with the search if the Egyptian authorities ask, of course, at this stage, no theory can be ruled out regarding the causes of the disappearance.

  2. John McCain:

    And I can understand, when it was a very small operation, why it would be done by the intelligence agencies, such as U-2s and other reconnaissance aircraft, for many years. Now it has reached the point where it's an integral part of the conflict.

  3. Jim Green:

    There must be something about humans not believing in the science, all I can say is we have people who don’t believe we landed on the moon. With the lunar reconnaissance orbiter, we even have high resolution imaging showing what we left on the moon, where it was and where we went to many of the Apollo sites, which clearly demonstrates we were on the moon. So, we are open and honest of what we do. That is a hallmark of NASA.

  4. Ben Hodges:

    By the end of ... 2015, we will have gotten all the equipment for a heavy brigade, that means three battalions plus a reconnaissance squadron, the artillery headquarters, engineers, and it will stay in Europe, you are talking about 150-ish, maybe 160 M1 tanks, M2 Bradley fighting vehicles, 24 self-propelled howitzers.

  5. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon:

    The Tornado squadrons have proved their worth in the air campaign because of the precision weapons they have and because of the reconnaissance and surveillance that they carry out when they're not striking, the Americans and other allies have particularly valued the contribution of the Tornado and that's why we are continuing the Tornado squadron for another year.

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