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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. the act of reconnoitring (especially to gain information about an enemy or potential enemy);
- Example: "an exchange of fire occurred on a reconnaissance mission"
[syn: reconnaissance, reconnaissance mission]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Reconnaissance \Re*con"nais*sance\, Reconnoissance \Re*con"nois*sance\(r?-k?n"n?s-s?ns), n. [F. See Recognizance.] The act of reconnoitering; preliminary examination or survey. Specifically: (a) (Geol.) An examination or survey of a region in reference to its general geological character. (b) (Engin.) An examination of a region as to its general natural features, preparatory to a more particular survey for the purposes of triangulation, or of determining the location of a public work. (c) (Mil.) An examination of a territory, or of an enemy's position, for the purpose of obtaining information necessary for directing military operations; a preparatory expedition. [1913 Webster] Reconnoissance in force (Mil.), a demonstration or attack by a large force of troops for the purpose of discovering the position and strength of an enemy. [1913 Webster] Reconnoiter
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

27 Moby Thesaurus words for "reconnaissance": air cover, air raid, air support, bombing, cover, dry run, examination, exploration, inspection, investigation, milk run, mission, recce, recco, recon, reconnaissance mission, reconnoiter, reconnoitering, scouting, scramble, scrutiny, shuttle raid, sortie, strafing, survey, training mission, umbrella