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
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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