Adjective "reconnaissance" definition and examples

(Reconnaissance may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Military observation of a region to locate an enemy or ascertain strategic features.
  1. count noun 'after a reconnaissance British forces took the island'
  2. 'Eisenhower found out about British preparations for war from US reconnaissance photos.'
  3. 'It can also carry out reconnaissance, combat support and patrol missions.'
  4. 'It will predominantly feature surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.'
  5. 'Our snipers and reconnaissance Marines excelled at this task, as one would expect of trained observers.'
  6. 'A whole new sphere of high-level photographic reconnaissance and its interpretation was to spring from this advance.'
  7. 'Several apparent terrorist reconnaissance missions at key sites had been observed, the newspaper said.'
  8. 'Each of these systems brought some degree of unique reconnaissance capability to the squadron.'
  9. 'Sections and platoons conduct reconnaissance patrols there daily.'
  10. 'This indicates that we underestimated the importance of aerial reconnaissance during the war.'
  11. 'It is commonly accepted that military reconnaissance is an indispensable necessity and inherent component of war.'
  12. 'I did carry out a detailed reconnaissance but must have missed the signs suggesting this was a private road.'
  13. 'When we arrived, Mason was still asleep, so I left the rest of the team in the car to conduct a bit of reconnaissance.'

More definitions

1. the act of reconnoitering.

2. Military. a search made for useful military information in the field, especially by examining the ground.

3. Surveying, Civil Engineering. a general examination or survey of a region, usually followed by a detailed survey.

4. Geology. an examination or survey of the general geological characteristics of a region.

More examples(as adjective)

"missions can be reconnaissance."

"experts can be reconnaissance."


Early 19th century: from French, from reconnaître ‘recognize’ (see reconnoitre).