the act of reconnoitring (especially to achieve information regarding an adversary or possible opponent)
- The work of reconnoitering preliminary evaluation or study
- The act of reconnoitering; initial examination or study.
- An examination or review of a region in research to its basic geological character.
- An examination of an area as to its basic all-natural functions, preparatory to an even more certain survey when it comes to functions of triangulation, or of determining the area of a public work.
- An examination of a territory, or of an enemy's position, for the true purpose of acquiring information needed for directing army businesses; a preparatory expedition.
1810, from French reconnaissance "act of surveying," virtually "recognition," from Old French reconoissance "recognition, acknowledgement" (see recognizance).
(n.) The work of reconnoitering; initial examination or study.
- (n.) An examination or study of a spot in mention of the its basic geological character.
- (n.) An examination of a region concerning its general normal features, preparatory to an even more particular study the reasons of triangulation, or of deciding the place of a public work.
- (n.) An examination of a territory, or of an enemy's place, for the intended purpose of getting information needed for directing armed forces functions; a preparatory journey.
It was not until the light was failing that Napoleon reached the heights of Rossomme opposite to Wellington's position and, by a masterly reconnaissance in force, compelled the duke to disclose the presence of practically the whole Anglo-Dutch army.