• 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
It was, perhaps, on account of these rumours that a column was formed to reconnoitre Utrecht.
"The Record of a Regiment of the Line" by M. Jacson
On my journeys to and fro I often paused at the low staircase window to reconnoitre the weather.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
A week later an officer, reconnoitring to the flank, saw an airship over the German forces and opposite the French.
"The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915" by Various
Late one afternoon in the month of July, 1901, I set out to this village to reconnoitre it in person.
"In the Shadow of Death" by P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
I remained with Russell while Biddulph reconnoitred the ground between the barracks, the canal, and the Sikandarbagh.
"Forty-one years in India" by Frederick Sleigh Roberts
Trevor reconnoitred and made judicious notes of short cuts.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
He sent a frigate to look out for it, and to reconnoitre its position.
"History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12)" by S. Rappoport
Cole himself reconnoitred this post, and finding the sentry dozing called up his Corporal.
"The Fifth Leicestershire" by J.D. Hills
One of the fugitive maidens appeared reconnoitring in the distance.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
When they approached Laval, Westermann sent a troop of cavalry forward to reconnoitre.
"No Surrender!" by G. A. Henty