Definitions for: Patrol

[n] the activity of going around or through an area at regular intervals for security purposes
[n] a detachment used for security or reconnaissance
[n] a group that goes through a region at regular intervals for the purpose of security
[v] maintain the security of by carrying out a control

Webster (1913) Definition: Pa*trol", n.
See Boy Scout.

Pa*trol", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Patrolled; p. pr. & vb.
n. Patrolling.] [F. patrouiller, O. & Prov. F. patrouiller
to paddle, paw about, patrol, fr. patte a paw; cf. D. poot
paw, G. pfote, and E. pat, v.]
To go the rounds along a chain of sentinels; to traverse a
police district or beat.

Pa*trol", v.
t To go the rounds of, as a sentry, guard, or policeman; as,
to patrol a frontier; to patrol a beat.

Pa*trol", n. [F. patrouille, OF. patouille. See
Patrol, v. i.]
1. (Mil.)
(a) A going of the rounds along the chain of sentinels and
between the posts, by a guard, usually consisting of
three or four men, to insure greater security from
attacks on the outposts.
(b) A movement, by a small body of troops beyond the line
of outposts, to explore the country and gain
intelligence of the enemy's whereabouts.
(c) The guard or men who go the rounds for observation; a
detachment whose duty it is to patrol.

2. Any perambulation of a particular line or district to
guard it; also, the men thus guarding; as, a customs
patrol; a fire patrol.

In France there is an army of patrols to secure her
fiscal regulations. --A. Hamilton.

Synonyms: police

See Also: border patrol, detachment, force, guard, harbor patrol, patroller, personnel, protection

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