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 for patrol
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Patrol \Pa*trol"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Patrolled; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Patrolling.] [F. patrouiller, O. & Prov. F. patrouiller
     to paddle, paw about, patrol, fr. patte a paw; cf. D. poot
     paw, G. pfote, and E. pat, v.]
     To go the rounds along a chain of sentinels; to traverse a
     police district or beat.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Patrol \Pa*trol"\ (p[.a]*tr[=o]l"), v. t.
     To go the rounds of, as a sentry, guard, or policeman; as, to
     patrol a frontier; to patrol a beat.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Patrol \Pa*trol"\, n. [F. patrouille, OF. patouille. See
     Patrol, v. i.]
     1. (Mil.)
        (a) 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.
        (b) 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.
        (c) The guard or men who go the rounds for observation; a
            detachment whose duty it is to patrol.
            [1913 Webster]
     2. Any perambulation of a particular line or district to
        guard it; also, the men thus guarding; as, a customs
        patrol; a fire patrol.
        [1913 Webster]
              In France there is an army of patrols to secure her
              fiscal regulations.                   --A. Hamilton.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. See Boy Scout.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a detachment used for security or reconnaissance
      2: the activity of going around or through an area at regular
         intervals for security purposes
      3: a group that goes through a region at regular intervals for
         the purpose of security
      v 1: maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol [syn:
           patrol, police]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  67 Moby Thesaurus words for "patrol":
     Argus, Charley, airplane spotter, beat, course, cover, defend,
     defending, do, fire patrolman, fire warden, fireguard,
     forward observer, go over, guard, guarding, keep guard, keep vigil,
     keep watch, lookout, lookout man, measure, mount guard,
     night watchman, overpass, pass over, pass through, patroller,
     patrolman, perambulate, peregrinate, pererrate, picket, ply,
     police, protect, protecting, protection, range, range over,
     reconnoiter, rounds, roundsman, safeguarding, scour,
     scour the country, scout, sentinel, sentry, spotter, stand guard,
     stand sentinel, sweep, track, transit, travel over, travel through,
     traverse, vedette, vigilance, voyage, watch, watch over, watcher,
     watchfulness, watchkeeper, watchman

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