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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A detachment of troops sent ahead of a main force to reconnoiter and provide protection.

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  • noun a unit or units leading the way of advancing or marching troops, guarding them from ambushes, reconnoitering and pursuing the enemy, etc.
  • noun an individual soldier in the same role.

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