Pronunciation: (ri-kon'u-suns, -zuns), [key]
1. the act of reconnoitering.
2. Mil.a search made for useful military information in the field, esp. by examining the ground.
3. Survey., Civ. Engin.a general examination or survey of a region, usually followed by a detailed survey.
4. Geol.an examination or survey of the general geological characteristics of a region. Also,re•con'nois•sance.
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