What does the word reconnaissance mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by Lal Behari Day