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squadron

[skwod-ruh n] /ˈskwɒd rən/
noun
1.
a portion of a naval fleet or a detachment of warships; a subdivision of a fleet.
2.
an armored cavalry or cavalry unit consisting of two or more troops, a headquarters, and various supporting units.
3.
  1. the basic administrative and tactical unit, smaller than a group and composed of two or more flights.
  2. a flight formation.
4.
a number of persons grouped or united together for some purpose; group.
verb (used with object)
5.
to form into a squadron or squadrons; marshal or array in or as if in squadrons.
Origin of squadron
1555-1565
1555-65; < Italian squadrone, equivalent to squadr(a) square + -one augmentative suffix
Related forms
half-squadron, noun
subsquadron, noun
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  • I wasn't going to sail in a squadron if there were a chance for independent cruising.

    Youth Joseph Conrad
  • Towards the island the steamers and the squadron of boats now advanced.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • This is Count Rostov, squadron commander, and I am your humble servant.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • While this was going on, a boat was seen approaching the squadron.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • The commander of the squadron had no special orders for the next day.

    Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for squadron

squadron

/ˈskwɒdrən/
noun
1.
  1. a subdivision of a naval fleet detached for a particular task
  2. a number of naval units usually of similar type and consisting of two or more divisions
2.
a cavalry unit comprising two or more troops, headquarters, and supporting arms
3.
the basic tactical and administrative air force unit comprising two or more flights
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Word Origin
C16: from Italian squadrone soldiers drawn up in square formation, from squadrosquare
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Word Origin and History for squadron
n.

1560s, from Italian squadrone, augmentative of squadra "battalion" (see squad).

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