Part of speech: noun

The act of reconnoitering; a survey.

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Usage examples "reconnaissance":

  1. The plan was good enough, as far as it went; but General Shafter had made no reconnaissance on the Siboney- Santiago road beyond El Pozo, and was wholly ignorant not only of the strength of the enemy's position there, but of the nature of the country to be traversed. - "Campaigning in Cuba", George Kennan.
  2. The young thief- for so we shall now call the son of the elder thief- made a reconnaissance of the palace in which the king and queen lived. - "Folk-Tales of Bengal", Lal Behari Day.
  3. Here, halting my force, and placing my artillery in a commanding position, I determined to make a reconnaissance in person, for the purpose of ascertaining if a report just made to me- that the gunboats had left on a previous evening, the home guards had retreated, and that the enemy had been crossing all night- was true. - "Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War", Various.