Reconnaissance Re*con"nais*sance, Reconnoissance Re*con"nois*sance(r?-k?n"n?s-s?ns), n. [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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • reconnaissance — [ r(ə)kɔnɛsɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1538; reconissance « gratitude » 1180; reconuisance « signe de ralliement » 1080; de reconnaître I ♦ Fait de reconnaître, d identifier un objet, un être comme tel; ce qui sert à reconnaître. 1 ♦ Acte de juger qu un objet… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • reconnaissance — 1810, from Fr. reconnaissance act of surveying, lit. recognition, from O.Fr. reconoissance (see RECOGNIZANCE (Cf. recognizance)). U.S. military abbreviation recon is attested from 1918 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Reconnaissance — (fr., spr. Rekonnässangs), Erkenntlichkeit, Anerkennung …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Reconnaissance — (franz., spr. äßāngß ), Wiedererkennung, Erkenntlichkeit …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Reconnaissance — (röcounässanghß), frz., Erkenntlichkeit, Anerkennung …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • reconnaissance — index examination (study), inspection, observation, research Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • reconnaissance — RECONNAISSANCE: N a pas besoin d être exprimée …   Dictionnaire des idées reçues

  • reconnaissance — is now fully naturalized and is pronounced ri kon i sǝns …   Modern English usage

  • reconnaissance — [n] inspection exploration, investigation, maneuvers, probe, recon, reconnoiter, review, scan, scrutiny, search, surveillance, survey; concepts 103,290 …   New thesaurus

  • reconnaissance — ► NOUN 1) military observation of a region to locate an enemy or ascertain strategic features. 2) preliminary surveying or research. ORIGIN French …   English terms dictionary

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