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reconnaissance (n.)

"preliminary examination or survey," specifically "an examination of a territory or enemy position with a view to directing military operations," 1810, a word from the Napoleonic Wars, from French reconnaissance "act of surveying," literally "recognition," from Old French reconoissance "recognition, acknowledgement" (see recognizance).

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Definitions of reconnaissance

reconnaissance (n.)
the act of reconnoitring (especially to gain information about an enemy or potential enemy);
an exchange of fire occurred on a reconnaissance mission
Synonyms: reconnaissance mission
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