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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Boy Scout
Cub Scout
Girl Scout
talent scout
▪ Even a slight anecdote of her as a sixteen-year-old girl guide being seduced in a tent by a boy scout is illustrated.
▪ I hold my hands over the cooker like I was a boy scout crouched over a camp-fire.
▪ By that reckoning the provos must be on a par with the boy scouts or the girl guides!
▪ I first recall the line in 1959 when as a young boy scout I was taken to camp at Pont-y-Pant.
▪ He had often watched the cub scouts playing rounders on the beach.
▪ I've no interest in cub scouts.
▪ There was the red-haired cub scout who liked talking about his badges.
▪ She was a girl scout who went to her senior prom with her first boyfriend.
▪ Artemis becomes a kind of girl scout roughing it in the woods.
▪ A talent scout heard him sing - actually it was at that performance at the Hall.
▪ With Simmons handling business matters, Rubin acted as talent scout -- and what talent he found!
▪ It was during one of these that he was spotted by a talent scout and signed up by Warner Brothers.
▪ As a bandleader, songwriter, and talent scout, Otis was a real force in the Los Angeles scene.
▪ We check this information with our talent scouts.
▪ Krause has always fancied himself a keen talent scout first.
▪ We need these people to be our filters and talent scouts, going out to gigs and finding new bands.
▪ Wilson's reputation as a talent scout ensured that she was not out in the cold for long.
the Cub Scouts
▪ Davis caught the attention of NBA scouts a few years ago.
▪ But the scouts were very aware that the fear of war was never far from their minds.
▪ But the decision seems to be a hit with the scouts.
▪ First came the scouts, clever, graceful, quiet.
▪ He was killed in the assault soon after, but the information he had gained as a scout led to victory.
▪ I've no interest in cub scouts.
▪ The Spotted Tail scouts quickly overtook him.
▪ In the morning, he set out to scout the surrounding countryside.
▪ And I was scouting around vaguely aware that, in fact, I'd actually located it.
▪ But there are still some available if you're prepared to scout round.
▪ Each day now Phagu went scouting in the jeep, Kamesh driving, he and I perched up on the luggage rack.
▪ Hidden in the Playboy interview, almost subliminally, is a scouting report, reviewing Shaq in every possible field.
▪ It transpired that he had been scouting at the Festival.
▪ It was dark by the time he hit Prospect and started scouting around for parking.
▪ The day drew on, and Tagan scouted ahead to look for a possible camping site.
▪ They go through an intelligence test and an array of interviews at the scouting combine in February.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gyp \Gyp\ (j[i^]p), n. [Said to be a sportive application of Gr. gy`ps a vulture.] A college servant; -- so called in Cambridge, England; at Oxford called a scout. [Cant]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "observe or explore as a scout, travel in search of information," from Old French escouter "to listen, heed" (Modern French écouter), from Latin auscultare "to listen to, give heed to" (see auscultate). Related: Scouted; scouting.


"to reject with scorn," 1710, earlier "to mock" (c.1600), of Scandinavian origin (compare Old Norse skuta, skute "to taunt"), probably from a source related to shout (v.). Related: Scouted; scouting; scoutingly.


"person who scouts, one sent out to gain information," 1550s, from scout (v.1). Boy Scout is from 1908. Scout's honor attested from 1908.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A person sent out to gain and bring in tidings; especially, one employed in war to gain information about the enemy and ground. 2 An act of scouting or reconnoitering. 3 A member of any number of youth organizations belonging to the international http://en.wikipedi

  1. org/wiki/Scouting movement, such as the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of the United States. 4 A person who assesses and/or recruits others; especially, one who identifies promising talent on behalf of a sports team. 5 (context British English) A college student's or undergraduate's servant; -- so called in Oxford, England; at Cambridge called a gyp; and at Dublin, a skip. 6 (context British cricket English) A fielder in a game for practice. 7 (context historical British up until 1920s English) A fighter aircraft. v

  2. 1 (context transitive intransitive English) To explore a wide terrain, as on a search; to reconnoiter. 2 (context transitive English) To observe, watch, or look for, as a scout; to follow for the purpose of observation, as a scout. Etymology 2

    vb. 1 (context transitive English) To reject with contempt. 2 (context intransitive English) To scoff. Etymology 3

    n. (context dated English) A swift sailing boat. Etymology 5

    n. (context archaic English) A projecting rock.

  1. n. a person employed to watch for something to happen [syn: lookout, lookout man, sentinel, sentry, watch, spotter, picket]

  2. someone employed to discover and recruit talented persons (especially in the worlds of entertainment or sports) [syn: talent scout]

  3. someone who can find paths through unexplored territory [syn: pathfinder, guide]


v. explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody [syn: reconnoiter, reconnoitre]

Scout (Scouting)

A Scout (in some countries a Boy Scout, Girl Scout or Pathfinder) is a boy or a girl, usually 10 (AS in Australia)–18 years of age, participating in the worldwide Scouting movement. Because of the large age and development span, many Scouting associations have split this age group into a junior and a senior section. Scouts are organized into troops averaging 20–30 Scouts under the guidance of one or more Scout Leaders. Troops subdivide into patrols of about six Scouts and engage in outdoor and special interest activities. Troops may affiliate with local, national, and international organizations. Some national Scouting associations have special interest programs such as Air Scouts, Sea Scouts, outdoor high adventure, Scouting bands, and rider Scouts. Some troops, especially in Europe, have been co-educational since the 1970s, allowing boys and girls to work together as Scouts.


A scout is a soldier performing reconnaissance and other support duties.

Scout may also refer to:

Scout (sport)

In professional sports, scouts are experienced talent evaluators who travel extensively for the purposes of watching athletes play their chosen sports and determining whether their set of skills and talents represent what is needed by the scout's organization. Some scouts are interested primarily in the selection of prospects, younger players who may require further development by the acquiring team but who are judged to be worthy of that effort and expense for the potential future payoff that it could bring, while others concentrate on players who are already polished professionals whose rights may be available soon, either through free agency or trading, and who are seen as filling a team's specific need at a certain position. Advance scouts watch the teams that their teams are going to play in order to help determine strategy.

Many scouts are former coaches or retired players, while others have made a career just of being scouts. Skilled scouts who help to determine which players will fit in well with an organization can be the major difference between success and failure for the team with regard to wins and losses, which often relates directly to the organization's financial success or lack thereof as well.

Scout (rocket family)

The Scout family of rockets were American launch vehicles designed to place small satellites into orbit around the Earth. The Scout multistage rocket was the first (and for a long time, the only) orbital launch vehicle to be entirely composed of solid fuel stages.

The original Scout (an acronym for Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test system) was designed in 1957 at the NACA Langley center. Scout launch vehicles were used from 1961 until 1994. To enhance reliability the development team opted to use "off the shelf" hardware, originally produced for military programs. According to the NASA fact sheet:

"... the first stage motor was a combination of the Jupiter Senior and the Navy Polaris; the second stage came from the Army MGM-29 Sergeant; and the third and fourth stage motors were designed by Langley engineers who adapted a version of the Navy Vanguard."

The first successful orbital launch of a Scout, on February 16, 1961, delivered Explorer 9, a 7-kg satellite used for atmospheric density studies, into orbit. The final launch of a Scout, using a Scout G-1, was on May 8, 1994 local time (May 9, 1994 02:47 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The payload was the Miniature Sensor Technology Integration Series 2 (MSTI-2) military spacecraft with a mass of 163 kg. Per NASA, MSTI-2 successfully acquired and tracked a LGM-30 Minuteman.

The standard Scout launch vehicle was a solid propellant, four-stage booster system, approximately 75 feet (23 m) in length with a launch weight of 47,398 pounds (21,500 kilograms).

Scout (comics)

Scout is a comic book series by American writer, artist and musician Timothy Truman. It was published by Eclipse Comics starting from 1985.

The story stars a Native American Apache named Emanuel Santana. The setting of the series is a dystopian United States that has become a Third World country.

Scout (travel website)

Scout, formerly Goby, is a travel website which launched in September 2009. The site searches selected databases and other sources of information on the web focused on 400 categories of things to do while traveling. Signed in users may also share their results utilizing the Facebook connect applications programming interface. The website services are free to users and the website is supported by an advertising business model and partner distribution model.

Scout (train)

The Scout was one of the named passenger trains of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It started as train Nos. 1 (westbound) & 10 (eastbound) between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California. Inaugurated on January 16, 1916, this "budget" heavyweight train had tourist sleeping cars with upper and lower berths, "chair" cars ( coaches) and an open-end observation car.

The train was assigned Nos. 1 & 2 in 1920 and reverted to Nos. 1 & 10 a year later. In summer 1926 it left Chicago at 1115 and arrived Los Angeles at 0900 three days later, running via Ottawa Jct, Amarillo and Fullerton. In November 1939 it left at 2045 and arrived 0700, sixty hours on the same route except via Pasadena.

The Scout made its last run on June 7, 1948.

Scout (aircraft)

The term scout, as a description of a class of military aircraft, came into use shortly before the First World War, and initially referred to a fast (for its time), light (usually single-seated) unarmed reconnaissance aircraft. "Scout" types were generally adaptations of pre-war racing aircraft – although at least one (the Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.2) was specifically designed for the role. At this stage the possibility of air-to-air combat was considered highly speculative, and the speed of these aircraft relative to their contemporaries was seen as an advantage in gaining immunity from ground fire and in the ability to deliver timely reconnaissance reports.

Almost from the beginning of the war, various experiments were carried out in the fitting of armament to scouts to enable them to engage in air-to-air combat – by early 1916 several types of scout could fire a machine gun forwards, in the line of flight, thus becoming the first effective single-seat fighters – in effect, an entirely new class of aircraft. In French and German usage these types were termed "hunters" (chasseur, Jäger), but in the Royal Flying Corps and early Royal Air Force parlance "scout" remained the usual term for a single-seat fighter into the early 1920s. The term "fighter", or "fighting aircraft" was already current, but in this period referred specifically to a two-seater fighter such as the Sopwith 1½ Strutter or the Bristol Fighter.

This usage "scout" (or sometimes "fighting scout") for "single-seat fighter" can be found in many contemporary accounts, including fictional depictions of First World War air combat such as the Biggles books. These often refer to French or German "scouts" as well as British ones.

The usage also survives in some much later non-fictional writing on First World War aviation.

Scout (operating system)

Scout is a research operating system developed at the University of Arizona. It is communication-oriented and designed around the constraints of network-connected devices like set-top boxes.

The Scout researchers had in mind a class of devices that they called "network appliances", which include cameras and disks attached to a network. They believed that these devices have in common the following three characteristics:

  • Communication-Oriented
  • Specialized/Diverse Functionality
  • Predictable Performance with Scarce Resources

To satisfy these three requirements, Scout was designed around an abstraction called a "path"; was highly configurable; and offered scheduling and resource allocation policies that provided predictable performance under load.

Scout (association football)

A footballscout attends football matches on the behalf of clubs to collect intelligence. Primarily, there are two types of scouts: player scouts and tactical scouts.

Player scouts or physical scouts evaluate the talent of footballers with a view to signing them on a professional contract for their employers. Some scouts focus on discovering promising young players and future stars, others are employed to run the rule on potential signings. While smaller clubs might only scout within their own country or region, larger, richer clubs can have extensive international scouting networks.

physical scouts' assess the matches of upcoming opponents of the club and prepare dossiers for their teams' tactical preparations. Instead of identifying talent in these matches, the scout assesses the team and each individual player to identify the relative tactical threats and weaknesses in the opposition. Tactical scouts are typically full-time employees of clubs as their knowledge and findings are considered precious to clubs.

However, relatively few football scouts are employed full-time, even in the largest professional clubs. By and large, their numbers are made up by talent scouts, the vast majority of which work part-time, and a club may hire several hundred - it has been reported, for example, that the Spanish Primera Liga team Sevilla FC has a global scouting network of about 700 player scouts.

Not all scouts are actually employed by football clubs. For example, the makers of the Football Manager computer game have their own international network of scouts, and in 2008 signed an exclusive deal with Premier League side Everton to provide early access to their database of statistics and ratings.

Scout (autonomous boat)

Scout is an autonomous robotic boat designed to complete the first autonomous transatlantic crossing. The project was started by Tiverton students Dylan Rodriguez and Max Kramers in 2010 with the goal of creating an autonomous craft to make the journey from Rhode Island to Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain. After several iterations, Scout's first transatlantic attempt was launched from Sakonnet Point on June 29, 2013 but unfavourable weather conditions forced the team to recover the craft the same day. A second launch was made July 4, 2013 but after two days a technical failure forced another recovery effort and a redesign of parts of the vessel. The third attempt was launched during the early morning of August 24, 2013 and is currently in progress but has already earned the record for distance of an unmanned Atlantic naval voyage.

Usage examples of "scout".

The Boers advancing from Calvinia came into touch with the British scouts at this point, and drove them in upon January 21st.

Pitching your tent An example of continuity between the headline and the body copy is an advertisement for a line of tents sold by the Boy Scouts of America.

Prince was negotiating with Washington, while his detached scouts sought far and wide over the Eastern States looking for anything resembling an aeronautic park.

Roy instructed a class of young seamen in the management of the Prescott type of aeroplane, which has become the official aero scout of the United States Navy.

Their aircraft, milling about north of Chiang Mai, stood out clearly on radar, and his scouts had reported Thai airmobile forces gathering several kilometers to the southeast.

After giving each of the nine members of the canine scout team a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears, and an encouraging word or two, Ake helped secure them.

Not surprisingly, Ake lost his balance and tumbled to the ground, disappearing under hundreds of kilos of insistent scout dogs.

Dickinson of Scouting Six flew through several minutes of antiaircraft fire when the third chose to fight it out on the surface, then climbed to attack altitude and carefully placed his bomb right alongside amidships.

Those who defy law and scout Constitutional obligations will, if we ever reach the arbitrament of arms, FIND OCCUPATION ENOUGH AT HOME.

We never crossed a ford uncontested, never entered a forest opening without hearing atlatl darts whistle across it at our scouts.

He said he wanted the Norrington kept close to work with Beal on the hostage rescue, but both of them knew risking Will on a scouting mission was stupid.

The last two scouts worked at pitching their bedrolls and bivvy sacks in the shadowline of the trees.

Instantly, Plank blinked the scout out into the space between the planet and its sun where the dark ship with Hara and Heath waited.

The massive fleet approached with short blinks, scouting the way, line upon line of death edging ever closer.

In 1972, scouting for the Houston Astros, Bogie administered what he believes to have been the first ever baseball psychological test, to a pitcher named Dick Ruthven.