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1. The act of moving about an area especially by an authorized and trained person or group, for purposes of observation, inspection, or security.
2. A person or group of persons who perform such an act.
a. A military unit sent out on a reconnaissance or combat mission.
b. One or more military vehicles, boats, ships, or aircraft assigned to guard or reconnoiter a given area.
4. A division of a Boy Scout troop or Girl Scout troop consisting of between six and eight children.
v. pa·trolled, pa·trol·ling, pa·trols
To engage in a patrol of.
To engage in a patrol.

[French patrouille, from patrouiller, to patrol, alteration of Old French patouiller, to paddle about in mud, patrol, probably from pate, paw; see patois.]

pa·trol′ler n.
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Some considerating touch of humanity was in him; for at times like these, he usually abstained from patrolling the quarter-deck; because to his wearied mates, seeking repose within six inches of his ivory heel, such would have been the reverberating crack and din of that bony step, that their dreams would have been of the crunching teeth of sharks.
They will play an instrumental role in patrolling Tunisia's 1 148 kilometer coastline.
This old-fashioned style of patrolling by strolling is welcomed by officers, according to Mr.
They will be the second joint patrols of the Bulgarian police with officers from a neighboring country as since June 2010 Bulgarian and Romanian policemen have been patrolling jointly the Bulgarian Black Sea resorts, which have seen a huge number of Romanian tourists in the past few years.
"Using the police bikes is a more environmentally efficient way of patrolling the community and will help free up our police vehicles.
LOLLIPOP ladies patrolling one of the busiest roads in Warwickshire are being equipped with robocams to snare abusive motorists.
This increase in dismounted patrolling is part of a new effort to improve the security situation and counter the insurgency, but dismounted patrolling is not new to the Infantry.
Any interested in border issues, especially since it's been in the newspapers as headlines lately, must have PATROLLING CHAOS: THE U.S.
Border Patrol agents have of late found themselves being prevented from patrolling beyond 50 yards of the border.
Plain clothes officers will be patrolling Broad Street on foot and in unmarked cars late into the evening and early hours of the morning.
These groups of white ranchers and other sympathetic nativists believe that the federal government is coming up short in its efforts to crack down on undocumented migrants, and they are determined to take on the responsibility of patrolling the borders themselves.