reconnoitering

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n reconnoitering exploring in order to gain information "scouting in enemy territory is very dangerous"
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Quotations

  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “Rational free spirits are the light brigade who go on ahead and reconnoiter the ground which the heavy brigade of the orthodox will eventually occupy.”

Usage

In literature:

There were tall shrubs in the yard and he waited behind one of these, apparently reconnoitering.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
Johnson's was invaluable as a position whence she could reconnoiter all the movements of the enemy.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
In disguise, accompanied by a single officer in a Hussar dress, he reconnoitered one day.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer
Now, you and the Chief get up and cook breakfast, while I go up on the top of this mountain and reconnoiter.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
Having ordered the building of a half-circle of fire around a spur of the jungle, he climbed a tree to reconnoiter.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
A humming bee hummed, a cow-bell tinkled, while some suspicious cracklings told of a secretly reconnoitering squirrel.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
She could hear the yelping of some coyotes that were cautiously reconnoitering from a neighboring bluff.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
Then he paused behind a heap of logs to reconnoiter.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
Either we reconnoiter together, or each on our own.
"The Einstein See-Saw" by Miles John Breuer
In the afternoon, with a strong party of horse and foot, he set out upon a reconnoitering excursion.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
It was necessary for these Cossacks to repulse the Austrian reconnoitering force, without calling for large reenforcements.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Meanwhile German aeroplanes whirred back and forth over the Serbian lines, reconnoitering their positions and sometimes dropping bombs.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
The town evidently was reconnoitering.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
While he was up there reconnoitering, we lay down on the ground, and waited, and talked.
"From the Rapidan to Richmond and the Spottsylvania Campaign" by William Meade Dame
Nothing was done that day, but to send several members to Bremgarten and Cappel, to reconnoiter.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
Here we rested one day, and sent out scouts to reconnoiter.
"Geronimo's Story of His Life" by Geronimo
With his heart pounding, Van Dam stepped into the drawing-room and reconnoitered from a front window.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
When I first entered, I reconnoitered by stepping up to the bar and ordering a drink.
"When the Cock Crows" by Waldron Baily
This position had been accurately located several days previously by a reconnoitering party.
"The Utah Batteries: A History" by Charles R. Mabey
As soon as the bow of our little boat struck the shore we hopped out and began a reconnoiter for a camp site.
"Trails and Tramps in Alaska and Newfoundland" by William S. Thomas
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In poetry:

Like wandering refugees from
A city of renown,
Impelled to reconnoiter
This Massachusetts town,
Each by a common object urged,
Upon the park our paths converged.
"On The Common" by Hattie Howard