Definition of Scout

1. Noun. A person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event.

Exact synonyms: Lookout, Lookout Man, Picket, Sentinel, Sentry, Spotter, Watch
Generic synonyms: Security Guard, Watcher, Watchman
Derivative terms: Look Out, Spot, Watch

2. Verb. Explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody. "The men scout for animals in the area"

3. Noun. A Boy Scout or Girl Scout.
Specialized synonyms: Boy Scout, Girl Scout
Generic synonyms: Female Child, Girl, Little Girl, Boy, Male Child

4. Noun. Someone employed to discover and recruit talented persons (especially in the worlds of entertainment or sports).
Exact synonyms: Talent Scout
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Generic synonyms: Recruiter

5. Noun. Someone who can find paths through unexplored territory.
Exact synonyms: Guide, Pathfinder
Generic synonyms: Expert
Specialized synonyms: Hunting Guide, Trailblazer
Specialized synonyms: Sacagawea, Sacajawea
Derivative terms: Guide

Definition of Scout

1. n. A swift sailing boat.

2. n. A projecting rock.

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

4. n. 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.

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

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

7. n. A boy scout (which see, above).

Definition of Scout

1. Proper noun. scout ¹

2. Proper noun. A unisex nickname ¹

3. Proper noun. A member of one of several army units, such as the Selous Scouts or the Arunachal Scouts. ¹

4. Noun. (dated) A swift sailing boat. ¹

5. Noun. (archaic) A projecting rock. ¹

6. Noun. A person sent out to gain and bring in tidings; especially, one employed in war to gain information about the enemy and ground. ¹

7. Noun. The act of '''scouting''' or reconnoitering. ¹

8. Noun. A member of any number of youth organizations belonging to the international scout movement, such as the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of the United States. ¹

9. Noun. A person who assesses and/or recruits others; especially, one who identifies promising talent on behalf of a sports team. ¹

10. Noun. (British) A college student's or undergraduate's servant; -- so called in Oxford, England; at Cambridge called a gyp; and at Dublin, a skip. ¹

11. Noun. (British) A fielder in a game for practice. ¹

12. Noun. (historical) , (British) A term used until 1920's of a fighter aircraft. ¹

13. Verb. (obsolete) To reject with contempt, as something absurd; to treat with ridicule; to flout; as, to '''scout''' an idea or an apology. ¹

14. Verb. To explore a wide terrain, as on a search. ¹

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Definition of Scout

1. to observe for the purpose of obtaining information [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Scout

1. 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." Origin: Icel. Skta a taunt; cf. Icel. Skuta to jut out, skota to shove, skjta to shoot, to shove. See Shoot. (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scout

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scouring powder
scouring powders
scouring rush
scouring rushes
scout car
scout film
scout group
scout out
scout radiograph
scout troop

Literary usage of Scout

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Year Book: A Record of Events and Progress by Francis Graham Wickware, (, Albert Bushnell Hart, (, Simon Newton Dexter North, William M. Schuyler (1913)
"For most local councils there is a scout commissioner, ... Under his immediate supervision there are scout masters, varying in number according to the ..."

2. Sportby C. M. van Stockum by C. M. van Stockum (1911)
"The boy scout's companion: a manual of scoutcraft. cr. 8° 1912. 3s. «d. 2557 Aitken (U. Francis). ... 259 scout In War (The). What be does and how tc do it. ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Any boy of 12 or older may become a scout upon fulfilling certain conditions. These include taking the scout oath, which reads as follows: "On my honor I ..."

4. The New Larned History for Ready Reference, Reading and Research: The Actual by Josephus Nelson Larned, Augustus Hunt Shearer (1922)
"The Boy scout idea is a movement rather than an organization. ... The aim of the scout Movement is to inculcate character, which, though essential to ..."

5. The Boy Scouts' Year Book by Boy Scouts of America (1917)
"A scout practices self-control, for he knows that men who master problems in ... A scout can make himself known to a brother scout wherever he may be by a ..."

6. Pennsylvania Archives by Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Instruction, Pennsylvania State Library (1853)
"Sent a scout down on this Side of the Mountain. The scout ret' in the Evening having no ... It rained all Day very bard, therf' I could send no scout. 28". ..."

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