(intransitive, military) To perform a reconnaissance (of an area; an enemy position); to scout with the aim of gaining information.
Our scout will reconnoitre the path ahead of our troops.
An act or instance of reconnoitring.
The pilot reported the findings of his reconnoitre.
Origin of reconnoitre
From Frenchreconnoître (obsolete spelling of reconnaître), from Latinrecognoscere (“to recognise”). Contrarily, there is also an obsolete 19th-century British English spelling reconnaitre (now reconnoitre).
Reconnoitre Sentence Examples
He at once sent an officer to reconnoitre.
On the first alarm of danger it sits erect to reconnoitre, when it either seeks concealment by clapping close to the ground, or takes to flight.
Corps, set his two divisions in motion towards La Folie and the Bois de la Cusse, and advanced to reconnoitre the French position.
McClellandescribed this flight to the James as a change of base, but his resolve to abandon the attitude of an invader was formed when General Lee in the middle of June had caused Stuart's cavalry to reconnoitre the flanks and rear of McClellan's army, and had summoned corps from the Shenandoah Valley.