1. [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
The act of reconnoitering; preliminary examination or survey.
(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
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of reconnoitring (especially to gain information
about an enemy or potential enemy); "an exchange of fire
occurred on a reconnaissance mission" [syn:
reconnaissance, reconnaissance mission]
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