Patrol Pa*trol", n. [F. patrouille, OF. patouille. See {Patrol}, v. i.] 1. (Mil.) (a) 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. (b) 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. (c) The guard or men who go the rounds for observation; a detachment whose duty it is to patrol. [1913 Webster]

2. Any perambulation of a particular line or district to guard it; also, the men thus guarding; as, a customs patrol; a fire patrol. [1913 Webster]

In France there is an army of patrols to secure her fiscal regulations. --A. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

3. See {Boy Scout}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Patrol — Pa*trol , v. t To go the rounds of, as a sentry, guard, or policeman; as, to patrol a frontier; to patrol a beat. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Patrol — Pa*trol , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Patrolled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Patrolling}.] [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.] To go the rounds along a chain of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patrol — [n] guarding; guard convoying, defending, escorting, garrison, lookout, patroler, policing, protecting, protection, rounds, safeguarding, scouting, sentinel, spy, vigilance, watch, watching, watchperson; concepts 134,354,358 patrol [v] guard,… …   New thesaurus

  • patrol — [pə trōl′] vt., vi. patrolled, patrolling [Fr patrouiller, altered < OFr patouiller, to paddle, puddle, patrol < pate, paw: see PATOIS] to make a regular and repeated circuit of (an area, town, camp, etc.) in guarding or inspecting n. [Fr… …   English World dictionary

  • patrol — I verb attend, be on the alert, be on the lookout, be on the watch, circumire, cover, cover a beat, go the rounds, guard, inspect, keep an eye on, keep guard, keep in view, keep vigil, keep watch, look out, march, monitor, observe, overlook, pace …   Law dictionary

  • patrol — as a verb has inflected forms patrolled, patrolling in both BrE and AmE …   Modern English usage

  • patrol — ► NOUN 1) a person or group sent to keep watch over an area, especially a detachment of guards or police. 2) the action of patrolling an area. 3) a military or naval expedition to carry out reconnaissance. ► VERB (patrolled, patrolling) ▪ keep… …   English terms dictionary

  • Patrol — In military tactics, a patrol is often a small tactical grouping sent out by land, sea or air to perform a specific task. The basic task of a patrol is to follow a known route at regular intervals looking out for anything out of the ordinary… …   Wikipedia

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