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[skwod] /skwɒd/
noun
1.
a small number of soldiers, commonly 10 privates, a staff sergeant, and a corporal; the smallest military unit.
2.
a group of police officers, especially one organized to deal with a particular area of law enforcement:
drug squad; fraud squad.
3.
any small group or party of persons engaged in a common enterprise.
4.
a sports team or a group of players from which a team is selected.
verb (used with object), squadded, squadding.
5.
to form into squads.
6.
to assign to a squad.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < French esquade, alteration of esquadre < Spanish escuadra square; so called from square shape of the formation
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British Dictionary definitions for squads'

squad

/skwɒd/
noun
1.
the smallest military formation, typically comprising a dozen soldiers, used esp as a drill formation
2.
any small group of people engaged in a common pursuit
3.
(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 squads'
squad
1649, "small number of military men detailed for some purpose," from Fr. esquade, from M.Fr. escadre, from Sp. escuadra or It. squadra "battalion," lit. "square," from V.L. *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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squad

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goon squad, taxi squad


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