• WordNet 3.6
    • v reconnoitre explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reconnoitre To examine with the eye to make a preliminary examination or survey of; esp., to survey with a view to military or engineering operations.
    • Reconnoitre To recognize. "You will not be acknown , sir."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Reconnoitre rek-o-noi′tėr to survey or examine: to survey with a view to military operations
    • v.i Reconnoitre to make preliminary examination:—pa.t. and pa.p. reconnoi′tred
    • n Reconnoitre a preliminary survey
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. reconnoitre, a former spelling of reconnaître,. See Recognize


In literature:

Reconnoitring later at Manchester Square he saw no car, and rang the bell of the noble mansion.
"Mr. Prohack" by E. Arnold Bennett
Meantime, I walked out to reconnoitre our new quarters.
"California" by J. Tyrwhitt Brooks
Carson halted his troop to reconnoitre; for his foes were strongly posted and far outnumbered him.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
The cavalry must reconnoitre and retire.
"London to Ladysmith via Pretoria" by Winston Spencer Churchill
Deeming it prudent to reconnoitre before he proceeded any farther, he also ascertained that the Gap was picketed by rebel infantry.
"The Soldier Boy; or, Tom Somers in the Army" by Oliver Optic
On Saturday morning Sir George White sent a small force of cavalry and artillery to reconnoitre along the line of the interrupted railway.
"Lessons of the War" by Spenser Wilkinson
I lingered to reconnoitre some minutes on the platform before I ventured to commence the wary descent of the broad, carpeted stairway.
"Sea and Shore" by Mrs. Catharine A. Warfield
We went on to reconnoitre.
"With Rimington" by L. March Phillipps
In those days it was very pleasant to belong to the reconnoitring corps.
"On Commando" by Dietlof Van Warmelo
The mounted troops under Dundonald were sent out at mid-day to reconnoitre towards the N.W.
"A Handbook of the Boer War" by Gale and Polden, Limited