from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make a preliminary inspection of, especially in order to gather military information.
- intransitive v. To make a reconnaissance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To perform a reconnaissance (of an area; an enemy position); to scout with the aim of gaining information.
- n. An act or instance of reconnoitering.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To examine with the eye to make a preliminary examination or survey of; esp., to survey with a view to military or engineering operations.
- transitive v. To recognize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To know again; recognize.
- To examine with the eye; make a preliminary survey of; specifically, to examine or survey, as a tract or region, for military, engineering, or geological purposes. See reconnaissance.
- To make a survey or inspection preliminary to taking some action; examine a position, person, opinion, etc., as a precaution.
- n. A preliminary survey; a reconnaissance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody
Obsolete French reconnoître, from Old French reconoistre, to recognize; see recognize.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French reconnoître (obsolete spelling of reconnaître), from Latin recognoscere ("to recognize"). Contrarily, there is also an obsolete 19th-century British English spelling reconnaitre (now reconnoitre). (Wiktionary)