• MAGDELAINE DE VERCHÈRES The First Girl Scout in the New World. From Statue erected by Lord Grey, near the site of Fort Verchères on the St. Lawrence
    MAGDELAINE DE VERCHÈRES The First Girl Scout in the New World. From Statue erected by Lord Grey, near the site of Fort Verchères on the St. Lawrence
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scout explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody
    • n scout a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
    • n scout someone who can find paths through unexplored territory
    • n scout someone employed to discover and recruit talented persons (especially in the worlds of entertainment or sports)
    • n Scout a Boy Scout or Girl Scout
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Boy Scout sitting down Boy Scout sitting down
scout helping serior lady scout helping serior lady

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The U.S. Automobile Association was formed in 1905 for the purpose or providing "scouts" who could warn motorists of hidden police traps.
    • Scout A boy scout or girl scout (which see, above).
    • Scout A college student's or undergraduate's servant; -- so called in Oxford, England; at Cambridge called a gyp; and at Dublin, a skip.
    • Scout (Cricket) A fielder in a game for practice.
    • Scout A person sent out to gain and bring in tidings; especially, one employed in war to gain information of the movements and condition of an enemy. "Scouts each coast light-armèd scour,
      Each quarter, to descry the distant foe."
    • n Scout A projecting rock.
    • n Scout skout A swift sailing boat. "So we took a scout , very much pleased with the manner and conversation of the passengers."
    • Scout The act of scouting or reconnoitering. "While the rat is on the scout ."
    • v. i Scout To go on the business of scouting, or watching the motions of an enemy; to act as a scout. "With obscure wing Scout far and wide into the realm of night."
    • Scout To observe, watch, or look for, as a scout; to follow for the purpose of observation, as a scout. "Take more men,
      And scout him round."
    • Scout To pass over or through, as a scout; to reconnoiter; as, to scout a country.
    • v. t Scout skout To reject with contempt, as something absurd; to treat with ridicule; to flout; as, to scout an idea or an apology. "Flout 'em and scout 'em."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scout A person sent out to gain and bring in information; specifically, one employed to observe the motions and obtain intelligence of the numbers of an enemy.
    • n scout A scouting party.
    • n scout A spy; a sneak.
    • n scout A college servant or waiter.
    • n scout In cricket, a fielder.
    • n scout The act of looking out or watching; lookout; watch.
    • n scout One of various birds of the auk family (Alcidæ) which are common on the British islands, as the razor-billed auk, the common or foolish guillemot, and the puffin or sea-parrot.
    • n scout In the Netherlands, a bailiff or magistrate. See schout.
    • scout To observe or explore as a scout; watch the movements of an enemy.
    • scout To watch closely; observe the actions of; spy out.
    • scout To range over for the purpose of discovery.
    • scout To ridicule; sneer at; treat with disdain. and contempt; reject with scorn: as, to scout a proposal.
    • n scout A high rock.
    • n scout A swift Dutch sailing boat.
    • scout To pour forth a liquid forcibly; eject liquid excrement.
    • n scout The guillemot.
    • n scout Naval, a vessel employed in obtaining information concerning the positions and numbers of the enemy's fleet. See also scout cruiser.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scout skowt one sent out to bring in tidings, observe the enemy, &c.: a spy: a sneak: in cricket, a fielder: the act of watching: a bird of the auk family: a college servant at Oxford, the same as gyp in Cambridge and skip in Dublin
    • v.t Scout to watch closely
    • v.t Scout skowt to sneer at: to reject with disdain
    • v.i Scout skowt (Scot.) to pour forth a liquid forcibly, esp. excrement
    • n Scout the guillemot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. escoute, scout, spy, fr. escouter, escolter, to listen, to hear, F. écouter, fr. L. auscultare, to hear with attention, to listen to. See Auscultation


In literature:

I again turned to look at the Goumier scout, his movements fascinated me.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
Have you ever heard a scout say bad things about his scout master or about his fellow scouts behind their backs?
"Modern Americans" by Chester Sanford
When we bring 'im to camp, de captain say, 'Iffen de cow got iron burns de rancher gwineter shoot hisself a nigger scout.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The scouts did not see him, but he saw the scouts.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
The scouts sent out upon either flank acted as hunters and fresh meat was abundant.
"With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga" by W. Bert Foster
At this time he sends out his scouts, to see that there are no enemies near about.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
He was away, down in Virginia, scouting with his Mingos, and delivering his note to Captain Cresap.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Further broodings were checked by the sudden appearance of a German scout.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
It was upon the second or third scout that Captain Morgan had taken, that we for the first time met the enemy.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
While asleep that night Mexican scouts discovered our camp and fired on us, killing one warrior.
"Geronimo's Story of His Life" by Geronimo

In poetry:

I sent a sigh to seek thee out,
Deep drawn in pain,
Wing'd like an arrow: but my scout
Returns in vain.
"The Search" by George Herbert
As,—-why must one, for the love foregone,
Scout mere liking?
Earth,—-the heaven, we looked above for, gone!
"A Pretty Woman" by Robert Browning
To "Twenty-firstly" on they go,
The lads do not attempt to scout him;
He argued high, he argued low,
He also argued round about him.
"Sir Macklin" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I was a vassal at thy feet,
And cringed more meanly than was meet,
And since I dared not to be free,
Was scouted as a slave should be.
"Lines: "I Stooped from Star-Bright Regions"" by Henry Timrod
When he came to look round for his rainment
T'were a most tragic moment for John
T'was all swep' away, save his trousers
Aye, even his Scout belt was gone
"King John" by Stanley Holloway
I hang about the streets all day,
At night I hang about;
I sleep a little when I may,
But rise betimes the morning's scout;
For through the year I always hear
Afar, aloft, a ghostly shout.
"A Loafer" by John Davidson

In news:

The Tuscarora Council, Boy Scouts of America recently held its Annual Friends of Scouting Dinner at the Walnut Creek Country Club.
Tim Harper talks about his life in Scouting and his plans as the new Scout Executive for the Tuscarora Council.
Accompanied by scout leaders and family members, they had come north to help Biego Bennett (in uniform) carry out his Eagle Scout project at Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care.
Paul Keith Owen has been awarded the Eagle Scout Award upon completion of his Board of Review on February 8, 2012, the 102nd Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.
At age 12, he joined the Boy Scouts and worked his way up to the Eagle Scout designation and the Order of the Arrow.
More than 400 pounds of nonperishable food items were collected by Cup Scout Pack 271 and Boy Scout Troop 271 during their annual scouting for food drive.
LAKEBAY — At a campout at Penrose Point State Park in 1984 a Boy Scout sat in a teepee next to an adult leader, looking at some information in his scout manual.
Taking a page from the Girl Scouts (marking their 100th anniversary this year), I've taken it upon myself to create a new association, the Boomer Scouts.
Girl scout badge fest participants will have the opportunity to work towards completing the NEW Skill building activity badges which GIrl scouts recently introduced.
Resident Norm Smith recalled a Boy Scout campout in the early 1960s, when a Scout leader took him and others out to Chilkoot Lake in an old school bus.
I am writing to address policy of the Boy Scouts of America of discrimination of Scouts based on their sexual orientation.
All it takes is a Webelo, a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout, to tackle hunger in the Philadelphia region.
The youth got his start in Scouting as a first-grader in Pack 98, and he joined Troop 111 upon graduation from Cub Scouts and crossing over.
Girl Scout cookies will arrive in new packages that reflect entrepreneurial skills taught by scouting.
Arlington — Katherine Kasischke, Girl Scout with Troop 4009 in Arlington decided to share her enthusiasm for tennis with students at Drew Model Elementary School in south Arlington for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project.

In science:

The resulted Gravity Probe A experiment [122] exploited the much higher “tower” enabled by space; a sub-orbital Scout rocket carried a Hydrogen maser to an altitude of 10,273 km and a novel telemetry scheme allowed comparison with Hydrogen masers on the ground.
Experimental Tests of General Relativity
Some of us with rental cars decided to scout the area to see if there was a better viewing spot.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society