A mission undertaken to obtain, by visual observation or other detection methods, information about the activities and resources of an enemy or potential enemy, or to secure data concerning the meteorological, hydrographic, or geographic characteristics of a particular area. Also called RECON.

Military dictionary. 2000.

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  • reconnaissance — [ r(ə)kɔnɛsɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1538; reconissance « gratitude » 1180; reconuisance « signe de ralliement » 1080; de reconnaître I ♦ Fait de reconnaître, d identifier un objet, un être comme tel; ce qui sert à reconnaître. 1 ♦ Acte de juger qu un objet… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Reconnaissance — (franz., spr. äßāngß ), Wiedererkennung, Erkenntlichkeit …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Reconnaissance — (röcounässanghß), frz., Erkenntlichkeit, Anerkennung …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • reconnaissance — index examination (study), inspection, observation, research Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • reconnaissance — RECONNAISSANCE: N a pas besoin d être exprimée …   Dictionnaire des idées reçues

  • reconnaissance — is now fully naturalized and is pronounced ri kon i sǝns …   Modern English usage

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  • reconnaissance — ► NOUN 1) military observation of a region to locate an enemy or ascertain strategic features. 2) preliminary surveying or research. ORIGIN French …   English terms dictionary

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