Definition of listening post in US English:

listening post


  • 1A station for intercepting electronic communications.

    • ‘Of course, the NSA has to intercept the coded messages in order to decrypt them, but they have a worldwide array of listening posts that can do just that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And in a hay loft outside Paris, the secret listening post just isn't there.’
    • ‘His challenge was to devise computer models of ocean acoustics that would make it possible to take signals received at underwater listening posts and trace them back to their sources - for instance, enemy submarines.’
    • ‘I saw stacks of tapes at one of our intelligence listening posts in Europe, and they had only two analysts to translate them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These results suggested that a broader study should be done with acoustic listening posts stationed along channels.’
    • ‘This geographic separation means that, as the Earth rotates, at least one of these listening posts will be able to point its antennae toward the spacecraft being tracked at any given moment.’
    • ‘The Israeli intelligence services had erected listening posts all along the Suez front, and they intercepted large quantities of Egyptian military communications.’
    • ‘Charroy, who employed 400 secret policemen in his subterranean listening post beneath Napoleon's mausoleum in Paris, said he was simply carrying out orders from the special Elysée unit.’
    • ‘However, the Ministry of Defence refused to set up a long-term epidemiological study around the controversial listening post because it monitors its own emissions and does not believe there is any need for further studies.’
    • ‘The UK also retains the use of a listening post at the top of Mount Olympus, the island's highest peak.’
    • ‘Its listening posts capture virtually every electronic conversation around the world, Frost claims.’
    1. 1.1 A point near an enemy's lines for detecting movements by sound.
      • ‘Eight months later, his knee was wounded in a grenade blast while defending a listening post.’
      • ‘He was discharged after he was wounded in 1918, when a shell exploded overhead as he huddled in a listening post in No Man's Land, lying bleeding for hours until he was rescued.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A listening post had already been established farther out with two men and a radio.’
      • ‘Learning that a comrade on a friendly listening post had been wounded, he moved through the intense barrage, accompanied by a medical aid man, and rescued the wounded soldier.’
      • ‘There were listening posts and night defensive outposts to be manned.’
      • ‘They might house listening posts, artillery observers, snipers, or trench mortars.’
      • ‘A runner was sent to an army listening post, which contacted the Ambassador in Kathmandu, who telegraphed London.’
      • ‘During the Cold War, the U.S. established a super secret underwater listening post at Midway in an attempt to track Soviet submarines.’
      • ‘Infantry platoon command posts used small field switchboards and wire lines to connect squads, sentries, and listening posts.’


listening post

/ˈlɪsnɪŋ ˌpoʊst//ˈlisniNG ˌpōst/