Definition of Patrol

1. Noun. A detachment used for security or reconnaissance.

Generic synonyms: Detachment



2. Verb. Maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol. "The men patrol for animals in the area"
Exact synonyms: Police
Generic synonyms: Guard
Derivative terms: Patroller, Police

3. Noun. The activity of going around or through an area at regular intervals for security purposes.
Generic synonyms: Protection
Specialized synonyms: Airborne Patrol, Round-the-clock Patrol

4. Noun. A group that goes through a region at regular intervals for the purpose of security.
Generic synonyms: Force, Personnel
Specialized synonyms: Border Patrol, Harbor Patrol
Member holonyms: Patroller

Definition of Patrol

1. v. i. To go the rounds along a chain of sentinels; to traverse a police district or beat.

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

3. n. 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.

4. n. See Boy Scout.

Definition of Patrol

1. Noun. (military) 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. ¹

2. Noun. (military) 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. ¹

3. Noun. (military) The guard or men who go the rounds for observation; a detachment whose duty it is to patrol. ¹

4. Noun. Any perambulation of a particular line or district to guard it; also, the men thus guarding; as, a customs patrol; a fire patrol. ¹

5. Noun. (context: Scouting) A unit of a troop, typically composed of around eight boys. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To go the rounds along a chain of sentinels; to traverse a police district or beat. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To go the rounds of, as a sentry, guard, or policeman; as, to patrol a frontier; to patrol a beat. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Patrol

1. to pass through an area for the purposes of observation or security [v -TROLLED, -TROLLING, -TROLS]

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Literary usage of Patrol

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1. Federal Immigration Law Enforcement in the Southwest: Civil Rights Impacts by John F. Dulles (1998)
"10 According to the INS, its duty was expanded in 1925 to patrol the seacoast, and "since then the Border patrol has used every means available to fulfill ..."

2. The Police Control of the Slave in South Carolina by Howell Meadoes Henry (1914)
"As before mentioned, the act of 1819 had modified the general provisions on patrol regulations by making it unlawful to chastise slaves in any incorporated ..."

3. Textbook of Naval Aeronautics by Henry Woodhouse (1917)
"The thirty members of Volunteer Aerial Coast patrol Unit No. 1 made plans to leave Yale University and go to Florida to continue their training, ..."

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