Reconnoiter Rec`on*noi"ter, Reconnoitre Rec`on*noi"tre (r?k`?n*noi"t?r), v. t. [F. reconnoitre, a former spelling of reconna[^i]tre. See {Recognize}.] 1. To examine with the eye to make a preliminary examination or survey of; esp., to survey with a view to military or engineering operations. [1913 Webster]

2. To recognize. [Obs.] --Sir H. Walpole. [1913 Webster]

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  • reconnoiter — also reconnoitre, 1707, from Fr. reconnoître, from M.Fr. reconoistre to identify (see RECOGNIZE (Cf. recognize)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • reconnoiter — vt., vi. reconnoitred, reconnoitring [rek΄ə noit′ər, rē΄kənoit′ər] vt., vi. [Fr reconnoître, old form of reconnaître < OFr reconoistre: see RECOGNIZANCE] to make a reconnaissance (of): also Chiefly Brit. reconnoitre vt. vi. reconnoitred,… …   English World dictionary

  • reconnoiter — 1. verb /ˌrɛkəˈnɔɪtə,ˌɹʷɛkəˈnɔɪ̯tʰə,ˌrɛkəˈnɔɪtɚ,ˌɹˠɛkəˈnɔɪ̯ɾɚ/ To perform a reconnaissance (of an area; an enemy position); to scout with the aim of gaining information. Our scout will reconnoiter the path ahead of our troops. Syn: scout, survey… …   Wiktionary

  • reconnoiter — verb two of our best pilots were sent in to reconnoiter the area Syn: survey, make a reconnaissance of, explore; investigate, examine, scrutinize, inspect, observe, take a look at; patrol; informal check out, scope out, recon …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • reconnoiter — or reconnoitre verb ( noitered or noitred; noitering or reconnoitring) Etymology: obsolete French reconnoître, literally, to recognize, from Old French reconoistre more at recognize Date: 1707 transitive verb to make a reconnaissance of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • reconnoiter — reconnoiterer, n. /ree keuh noy teuhr, rek euh /, v.t. 1. to inspect, observe, or survey (the enemy, the enemy s strength or position, a region, etc.) in order to gain information for military purposes. 2. to examine or survey (a region, area,… …   Universalium

  • reconnoiter — Synonyms and related words: be vigilant, be watchful, bug, case, course, cover, do, eye, eyeball, follow, gaze at, go over, have a looksee, hold in view, keep in sight, keep in view, keep under observation, look after, look at, look on, look upon …   Moby Thesaurus

  • reconnoiter — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. investigate, survey, spy out, scout, case (sl.). See vision. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. inspect, survey, scout out; see examine 1 . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To go into or through for the purpose… …   English dictionary for students

  • reconnoiter — re|con|noi|ter [ ,rikə nɔıtər ] verb intransitive or transitive to go into an area to find information about an enemy …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • reconnoiter — rec·on·noi·ter || ‚rɪːkÉ™ nɔɪtÉ™(r) /‚rek v. scout an enemy s territory in order to gather useful information …   English contemporary dictionary

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