pho·​to·​re·​con·​nais·​sance ˌfō-tō-ri-ˈkä-nə-zən(t)s How to pronounce photoreconnaissance (audio)
 also  -sən(t)s
: reconnaissance in which aerial photographs are taken

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As a lieutenant colonel in the Vietnam War, McGee flew 172 combat missions in the RF-4, a photoreconnaissance jet. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of photoreconnaissance was in 1920

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Cite this Entry

“Photoreconnaissance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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