"scouting" in the noun sense
1. scouting, exploratory survey, reconnoitering, reconnoitring
exploring in order to gain information
"scouting in enemy territory is very dangerous"
"scouting" in the verb sense
1. scout, reconnoiter, reconnoitre
explore, often with the goal of finding something or somebody
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