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SCOUT, n. [L. ausculto, culto, colo; Gr. the ear.]

1. In military affairs, a person sent before an army, or to a distance, for the purpose of observing the motions of an enemy or discovering any danger, and giving notice to the general. Horsemen are generally employed as scouts.

2. A high rock. [Not in use.]

SCOUT, v.i. To go on the business of watching the motions of an enemy; to act as a scout.

With obscure wing scout far and wide into the realm of night.

SCOUT, v.t.

To sneer at; to treat with disdain and contempt. [This word is in good use in America.]



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SCOUT, n. [L. ausculto, culto, colo; Gr. the ear.]

1. In military affairs, a person sent before an army, or to a distance, for the purpose of observing the motions of an enemy or discovering any danger, and giving notice to the general. Horsemen are generally employed as scouts.

2. A high rock. [Not in use.]

SCOUT, v.i. To go on the business of watching the motions of an enemy; to act as a scout.

With obscure wing scout far and wide into the realm of night.

SCOUT, v.t.

To sneer at; to treat with disdain and contempt. [This word is in good use in America.]

SCOUT, n. [Fr. ecout; ecouter, to hear, to listen; Norm. escoult, a hearing; It. scolta, to watch; scoltare, to listen; ausculto; Gr. ους, the ear, and L. culto, colo.]

  1. In military affairs, a person sent before an army, or to a distance, for the purpose of observing the motions of an enemy or discovering any danger, and giving notice to the general. Horsemen are generally employed as scouts. – Encyc.
  2. A high rock. [Not in use.]

SCOUT, v.i.

To go on the business of watching the motions of an enemy; to act as a scout. With obscure wing / Scout far and wide into the realm of night. – Milton.


SCOUT, v.t. [perhaps Sw. skiuta, to shoot, to thrust, that to reject.]

To sneer at; to treat with disdain and contempt. [This word is in good use in America.]


Scout
  1. A swift sailing boat.

    [Obs.]

    So we took a scout, very much pleased with the manner and conversation of the passengers. Pepys.

  2. A projecting rock.

    [Prov. Eng.] Wright.

  3. To reject with contempt, as something absurd; to treat with ridicule; to flout; as, to scout an idea or an apology.

    "Flout 'em and scout 'em." Shak.
  4. A person sent out to gain and bring in tidings; especially, one employed in war to gain information of the movements and condition of an enemy.

    Scouts each coast light-armèd scour,
    Each quarter, to descry the distant foe.
    Milton.

  5. To observe, watch, or look for, as a scout] to follow for the purpose of observation, as a scout.

    Take more men,
    And scout him round.
    Beau. *** Fl.

  6. To go on the business of scouting, or watching the motions of an enemy; to act as a scout.

    With obscure wing
    Scout far and wide into the realm of night.
    Milton.

  7. A boy scout (which see, above).
  8. A college student's or undergraduate's servant; -- so called in Oxford, England; at Cambridge called a gyp; and at Dublin, a skip.

    [Cant]
  9. To pass over or through, as a scout] to reconnoiter; as, to scout a country.
  10. A fielder in a game for practice.
  11. The act of scouting or reconnoitering.

    [Colloq.]

    While the rat is on the scout. Cowper.

    Syn. -- Scout, Spy. -- In a military sense a scout is a soldier who does duty in his proper uniform, however hazardous his adventure. A spy is one who in disguise penetrates the enemies' lines, or lurks near them, to obtain information.

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Scout

SCOUT, noun [Latin ausculto, culto, colo; Gr. the ear.]

1. In military affairs, a person sent before an army, or to a distance, for the purpose of observing the motions of an enemy or discovering any danger, and giving notice to the general. Horsemen are generally employed as scouts.

2. A high rock. [Not in use.]

SCOUT, verb intransitive To go on the business of watching the motions of an enemy; to act as a scout

With obscure wing scout far and wide into the realm of night.

SCOUT, verb transitive

To sneer at; to treat with disdain and contempt. [This word is in good use in America.]

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