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Definition of patrol:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Any perambulation of a particular line or district to guard it; also, the men thus guarding; as, a customs patrol; a fire patrol.
  4. See Boy Scout.
  5. t To go the rounds of, as a sentry, guard, or policeman; as, to patrol a frontier; to patrol a beat.
  6. The guard or men who go the rounds for observation; a detachment whose duty it is to patrol.
  7. To go the rounds along a chain of sentinels; to traverse a police district or beat.

Synonyms:

Amber alert, APB, den, checkpoint, check, clean up, agent provocateur, guard, protection, Girl Scout, law, watch, beat, Eagle Scout, Boy Scout, clampdown, the Cub Scouts, army, Brownie, den mother, jamboree, the Brownies, watching, Cub Scout, police, clue, all-points bulletin.

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