What does reconnoitre mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term reconnoitre:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scout, reconnoiter, reconnoitre(verb)

    explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody


  1. reconnoitre(Noun)

    An act or instance of reconnoitring.

    The pilot reported the findings of his reconnoitre.

  2. reconnoitre(Verb)

    To perform a reconnaissance (of an area; an enemy position); to scout with the aim of gaining information.

    Our scout will reconnoitre the path ahead of our troops.


  1. reconnoitre

    In military operations, reconnaissance or scouting is the exploration of an area by military forces to obtain information about enemy forces, the terrain, and civil activities in the area of operations. In military jargon, reconnaissance is abbreviated to recce (British, Canadian, Australian English) and to recon (American English), both derived from the root word reconnoitre. The types of reconnaissance include patrolling the local area of operations and long-range reconnaissance patrols, which are tasks usually realized in the United States of America by U.S. Army Rangers, cavalry scouts, and military intelligence specialists, using navy ships and submarines, reconnaissance aircraft, satellites to collect raw intelligence; and establishing observation posts. Moreover, espionage is different from reconnaissance, because spies work as civilians in enemy territory.


  1. reconnoitre

    Reconnoitre is a military term referring to the exploration or examination of an area, typically enemy territory, to gather information about the strength, position, or resources of an enemy, or to survey for strategic purposes. It can also be used in a general context to mean making a preliminary investigation or inspection.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reconnoitre(verb)

    to examine with the eye to make a preliminary examination or survey of; esp., to survey with a view to military or engineering operations

  2. Reconnoitre(verb)

    to recognize

  3. Origin: [F. reconnoitre, a former spelling of reconnatre. See Recognize.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reconnoitre

    rek-o-noi′tėr, v.t. to survey or examine: to survey with a view to military operations.—v.i. to make preliminary examination:—pa.t. and pa.p. reconnoi′tred.n. a preliminary survey. [O. Fr. reconoistre (Fr. reconnaître)—L. recognoscĕre, to recognise.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. reconnoitre

    To make oneself acquainted by personal inspection, as far as may be practicable, with the enemy’s position and movements; also, to survey, and draw in a rapid manner, ground of importance to operations of war, not represented in existing maps, with sufficient accuracy or minuteness; and likewise to particularize the banks of rivers, canals, streams, mountains, passes, positions, villages, forts, and redoubts.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reconnoitre in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reconnoitre in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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