American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of moving about an area especially by an authorized and trained person or group, for purposes of observation, inspection, or security.
- n. A person or group of persons who perform such an act.
- n. A military unit sent out on a reconnaissance or combat mission.
- n. One or more military vehicles, boats, ships, or aircraft assigned to guard or reconnoiter a given area.
- n. A division of a Boy Scout troop or Girl Scout troop consisting of between six and eight children.
- v. To engage in a patrol of.
- v. To engage in a patrol.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To go the rounds in a camp or garrison; march about in order to check disorder or irregularities, as a guard.
- To go the rounds in a city, as a body of police.
- 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. A walking or marching round, as in a camp, garrison, town, or other place, in order to watch and protect it.
- n. 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.
- v. intransitive To go the rounds along a chain of sentinels; to traverse a police district or beat.
- v. transitive To go the rounds of, as a sentry, guard, or policeman; as, to patrol a frontier; to patrol a beat.
- n. military 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.
- n. military 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.
- n. military The guard or men who go the rounds for observation; a detachment whose duty it is to patrol.
- n. Any perambulation of a particular line or district to guard it; also, the men thus guarding; as, a customs patrol; a fire patrol.
- n. Scouting A unit of a troop, typically composed of around eight boys.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To go the rounds along a chain of sentinels; to traverse a police district or beat.
- v. To go the rounds of, as a sentry, guard, or policeman
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. The guard or men who go the rounds for observation; a detachment whose duty it is to patrol.
- n. Any perambulation of a particular line or district to guard it; also, the men thus guarding
- n. See Boy Scout.
- v. maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol
- n. a detachment used for security or reconnaissance
- n. a group that goes through a region at regular intervals for the purpose of security
- n. the activity of going around or through an area at regular intervals for security purposes
- From French patrouille, from Old French patrouille, patouille ("a night-watch", literally "a tramping about"), from patrouiller, patouiller, patoiller ("to paddle or pudder in water, dabble with the feet, begrime, besmear"), from patte, pate ("paw, foot of an animal"), from Vulgar Latin *patta (“paw, foot”), from Frankish *patta (“paw, sole of the foot”), from Proto-Germanic *paþjanan, *paþōnan (“to walk, tread, go, step, pace”), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pent-, *(s)pat- (“path; to walk”), a variant of Proto-Indo-European *pent-, *pat- (“path; to go”); see find. Cognate with Dutch pad, patte ("paw"), Low German pedden ("to step, tread"), German patschen ("to splash, smack, dabble, waddle"), German Patsche ("a swatter, beater, paw, puddle, mire"). Related to pad, path. (Wiktionary)
- French patrouille, from patrouiller, to patrol, alteration of Old French patouiller, to paddle about in mud, patrol, probably from pate, paw; see patois. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Walls don't work, Border patrol is laughable, and deploying the National Guard is simply a waste of time.”
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“A patrol is then allocated to spend the next two hours trying to find the idiot.”
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“Without adequate transport, foot patrol is the norm for police officers here.”
“When Arinze Onuaku went down with what looked like a severe injury, Syracuse put out the spin patrol to reassure people right away.”
“BTP looks good in the city … but out where I work, we are forever being asked to go to the train station to sort out some inciddent because their nearest patrol is about 50 miles away.”
“None of that means that when a young officer of that patrol is gunned down for no good reason that it doesn't make me grieve, and nothing would stop me from doing what I can to help his family in this horrid and sad time.”
“CAPS officers are just as much a part of effective policing as officers driving around in patrol cars.”
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