• WordNet 3.6
    • v patrol maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol
    • n patrol the activity of going around or through an area at regular intervals for security purposes
    • n patrol a detachment used for security or reconnaissance
    • n patrol a group that goes through a region at regular intervals for the purpose of security
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Where Patrols Meet. The Half-Way Point Where Patrols Meet. The Half-Way Point

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: R.C. Gaitlan, 21, walked up to two patrol officers who were showing their squad car computer felon-location equipment to children in a Detroit neighborhood. When he asked how the system worked, the officer asked him for identification. Gaitlan gave them his drivers license, they entered it into the computer, and moments later they arrested Gaitlan because information on the screen showed Gaitlan was wanted for a two-year-old armed robbery in St. Louis, Missouri.
    • Patrol (Mil) A going of the rounds along the chain of sentinels and between the posts, by a guard, usually consisting of three or four men, to insure greater security from attacks on the outposts.
    • Patrol (Mil) A movement, by a small body of troops beyond the line of outposts, to explore the country and gain intelligence of the enemy's whereabouts.
    • Patrol Any perambulation of a particular line or district to guard it; also, the men thus guarding; as, a customs patrol; a fire patrol. "In France there is an army of patrols to secure her fiscal regulations."
    • Patrol See Boy Scout.
    • Patrol (Mil) The guard or men who go the rounds for observation; a detachment whose duty it is to patrol.
    • v. i Patrol To go the rounds along a chain of sentinels; to traverse a police district or beat.
    • v. t Patrol pȧ*trōl" To go the rounds of, as a sentry, guard, or policeman; as, to patrol a frontier; to patrol a beat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • patrol To go the rounds in a camp or garrison; march about in order to check disorder or irregularities, as a guard.
    • patrol To go the rounds in a city, as a body of police.
    • patrol To perambulate or traverse in all directions, as a patrol in a camp, garrison, town, harbor, etc., for the purpose of watching, guarding, or protecting; go over or through in all directions as a patrolman.
    • n patrol A walking or marching round, as in a camp, garrison, town, or other place, in order to watch and protect it.
    • n patrol The guard or persons who thus go the rounds; specifically, a police constable whose duty it is to perambulate a “beat” or district for a certain number of hours, for the protection of life and property, and the preservation of the peace; also, such constables collectively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Patrol pa-trōl′ to go the rounds in a camp or garrison: to watch and protect
    • v.t Patrol to pass round as a sentry:—pr.p. patrōl′ling; pa.t. and pa.p. patrōlled′
    • n Patrol the marching round of a guard in the night: the guard or men who make a patrol: (also Patrōl′man) a policeman who walks about a certain beat for a specified time, such policemen collectively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. patrouiller, O. & Prov. F. patrouiller, to paddle, paw about, patrol, fr. patte, a paw; cf. D. poot, paw, G. pfote, and E. pat, v


In literature:

Others walked a patrol along the riverbank and along the skirts of the foothills.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
What patrol did you say you belonged to?
"Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone" by G. Harvey Ralphson
I'm Jack Danby, Assistant Patrol Leader of the Crow Patrol of Durland's Troop, and ranking as a corporal for the maneuvers in the Red army.
"The Boy Scout Automobilists" by Robert Maitland
If ever you go on patrol duty you'll find your experience of value.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
The patrol did not find MacGregor's body.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
Watson and George realized that the soldiers would patrol the woods until morning, when discovery would be inevitable.
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins
In the autumn of 1915 I was fit enough to join the Red Sea maritime patrol as political officer with the naval rank of lieutenant.
"Pan-Islam" by George Wyman Bury
What sector do you patrol, Lieutenant?
"Medal of Honor" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
While Deputy Sheriff Rose was patrolling the river bank he found two Hungarians attempting to rob several bodies, and at once gave chase.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
The losses began after the third week of patrol.
"A Fine Fix" by R. C. Noll

In poetry:

Queens' ships, Queens' ships…
Little ships and great ships,
The seven seas over,
Keeping up the long patrol
From Davis Straits to Dover.
"The Queen's Ships" by Cicely Fox Smith
And weary was the long patrol,
The thousand miles of shapeless strand,
From Brazos to San Blas that roll
Their drifting dunes of desert sand.
"The Bay-Fight" by Henry Howard Brownell
The anthem of loyal England
Ne'er rang more true and high
Than there 'mid the dead and dying,
Under an alien sky,
When the sun and the flowing river
Saw Wilson's patrol die.
"The Stand Of Wilson's Patrol" by Cicely Fox Smith
Beside the Shanghai river
The Briton thinks with pride
How the men of Wilson's patrol
Fell fighting side by side,
With the name of the queen they fought for
In the lips of the last that died.
"The Stand Of Wilson's Patrol" by Cicely Fox Smith
So swept but surviving, half drowned but still driving
I watched her head out through the swell off the shoal,
And I heard her propellers roar- "Write to poor fellers
Who run such a Hell as the North Sea Patrol!"
"The North Sea Patrol" by Rudyard Kipling
You'll find it in the wintry seas, making heavy weather,
When the wind and the waves are playing larks together;
You'll find it cruising up and down and coming in to coal,
Then out again in mist and rain to keep its long patrol.
"The Silent Navy" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

But soon after, religious ritual gives way to a more secular one: the night patrol of police and soldiers from the Indonesian military.
No matter who is elected mayor in November, it appears that there will be a change in philosophy when it comes to police foot patrols on Broadway.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized a vehicle filled with 75 bundles of marijuana late Monday evening.
MUCHAI KALAY, Khost Province, Afghanistan – The US patrol had just passed through a small, hilltop village where curious children gathered to watch when the mortars began to fall.
A big decision out of Cameron County with the Park Rangers who patrol South Padre Island are being moved.
The Oct 2 article in your paper regarding the suicide bomber attack on the joint Afghan patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Monday morning actually made me physically ill.
A blown tire caused a rollover accident that killed a 6-year-old Dodge City girl and injured five others in southwest Kansas on Saturday, the Kansas Highway Patrol reports.
Dodge City Police and the Kansas Highway Patrol are looking for the driver of a pickup that ran over a man and left the scene Saturday evening.
Florida Highway Patrol says a woman was hospitalized Sunday after her car ended up in a drainage ditch off US 41 in South Fort Myers.
The California Highway Patrol is planning another maximum enforcement period for the Thanksgiving holiday to keep holiday traffic moving and motorists safe as they travel to and from holiday gatherings.
It could lead to a wake-up call from the California Highway Patrol.
Early morning injury accident caused by teen's drowsiness State Patrol Report.
The California Highway Patrol is launching a campaign this week to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while drowsy .
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Cody Rhames, 24, was traveling west on State Road 20.
The Jeep left the roadway and crashed at about 1:15 pm The California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire responded.

In science:

In this work we compare the radial flux profile of stars in the approximate range B∼9 to ∼13 mag, obtained from scans of plates from the Bamberg Sky Patrol archive, with a profile of the form measured by King1 .
Aperture Photometry of Saturated Star Images from Digitised Photographic Plates
We explored the above suggestion using a series of scans made of Bamberg Sky Patrol plates (e.g. see Strohmeier and Mauder8), from the plate archive of the Dr.
Aperture Photometry of Saturated Star Images from Digitised Photographic Plates
The scans were originally made for a study of the active star CF Octantis. A short description of the Sky Patrol programme and more details of the CF Octantis results are presented in Innis et al.6 .
Aperture Photometry of Saturated Star Images from Digitised Photographic Plates
In brief, the Sky Patrol plates were obtained with 0.1-m diameter cameras at three Southern Hemisphere sites between 1962 and 1976, and have a typical limiting photographic magnitude near 14.
Aperture Photometry of Saturated Star Images from Digitised Photographic Plates
The above defined approaches are integrated in police patrol applications and preliminary results are obtained.
Data Aggregation and Privacy for Police Patrols