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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.]