- Reconnaissance is preliminary research or a preliminary survey such as checking out the lay-of-the-land before taking a military action.
An example of reconnaissance is when the military has a mission to go to an area and survey the enemy positions.
Origin of reconnaissanceFrench earlier reconnoissance: see recognizance
Origin of reconnaissanceFrench, from Old French reconoissance, recognition, from reconoistre, reconoiss-, to recognize; see recognize.
(countable and uncountable, plural reconnaissances)
- The act of scouting or exploring (especially military or medical) to gain information.
- reconnoiter, reconnoitre