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[skwod] /skwɒd/
a small number of soldiers, commonly 10 privates, a staff sergeant, and a corporal; the smallest military unit.
a group of police officers, especially one organized to deal with a particular area of law enforcement:
drug squad; fraud squad.
any small group or party of persons engaged in a common enterprise.
a sports team or a group of players from which a team is selected.
verb (used with object), squadded, squadding.
to form into squads.
to assign to a squad.
Origin of squad
1640-50; < French esquade, alteration of esquadre < Spanish escuadra square; so called from square shape of the formation Unabridged
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Examples from the web for squad
  • But they had the fewest strikeouts of any squad, so they're essentially a relentless contact-hitting team.
  • It's not so much an all-star team as it is a fantasy-league squad.
  • His broom saved more lives in the crowded tenements than a squad of doctors.
  • The van was towed away for further checks by the bomb squad.
  • The coaches didn't cut anyone from the squad that year.
  • Watch her form a debating squad and produce a readers' theater program.
  • What's sadder is that students are part of the gag-squad.
  • Another benefit of not using voice commands is that you can scroll or zoom wile talking to other members of your squad.
  • Corruption is rampant and the central government is only keeping things moving by threat of prison and firing squad.
  • Along the way, he was dragged before a firing squad and caught in a cyclone at sea.
British Dictionary definitions for squad


the smallest military formation, typically comprising a dozen soldiers, used esp as a drill formation
any small group of people engaged in a common pursuit
(sport) a number of players from which a team is to be selected
Word Origin
C17: from Old French esquade, from Old Spanish escuadra, from escuadrar to square, from the square formations used
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Word Origin and History for squad

1640s, "small number of military men detailed for some purpose," from French esquade, from Middle French escadre, from Spanish escuadra or Italian squadra "battalion," literally "square," from Vulgar Latin *exquadra (see square). Until the introduction of automatic weapons, infantry troops tended to fight in a square formation to repel cavalry or superior forces. Sports sense is recorded from 1902.

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Slang definitions & phrases for squad


  1. Energetic courage; mettle; balls, guts: little girl's got a lot of spunk (1773+)
  2. Semen: rushing with their hot spunk in their hands to the microscope (1888+)

To ejaculate semen; come: the filthy pigs spunking into women (1970s+)

[apparently fr Celtic spong, ''tinder, touchwood, punk,'' fr Latin spongia, ''sponge''; apparently semantically fr a resemblance between semen and a spongy excrescence found on trees, in which sense the word is found in British dialect]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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