Definition of listening post in English:

listening post

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  • 1A station for intercepting electronic communications.
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    • It has a number of what it calls ‘intercept stations’ or listening posts around Australia for doing that, of which the biggest is at Shoal Bay near Darwin, and it's focused on Indonesia.
    • Its listening posts capture virtually every electronic conversation around the world, Frost claims.
    • At the apex of the listening network is Echelon, the US-led satellite spying system that taps into worldwide telecommunications with the help of listening posts stationed in Britain and all corners of the planet.
  • 1.1A point near an enemy’s lines for detecting movements by sound.
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    • On the night of 14 May 1918, they were part of a five-man patrol on duty in an advance listening post along the front line.
    • Infantry platoon command posts used small field switchboards and wire lines to connect squads, sentries, and listening posts.
    • During the Cold War, the U.S. established a super secret underwater listening post at Midway in an attempt to track Soviet submarines.

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