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Meaning of PATROL

Pronunciation:  pu'trowl

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

PATROL is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pa*trol"\, n.
    See {Boy Scout}.
  2. \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.
  3. \Pa*trol"\, v.
    t To go the rounds of, as a sentry, guard, or policeman; as,
    to patrol a frontier; to patrol a beat.
  4. \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.
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