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[skwid] /skwɪd/
noun, plural (especially collectively) squid (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) squids.
any of several ten-armed cephalopods, as of the genera Loligo and Ommastrephes, having a slender body and a pair of rounded or triangular caudal fins and varying in length from 4–6 inches (10–15 cm) to 60–80 feet (18–24 meters).
Origin of squid
1605-15; origin uncertain


[skwid] /skwɪd/
superconducting quantum interference device: a device that senses minute changes in magnetic fields, used to indicate neural activity in the brain.
1965-70 Unabridged
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  • Only a portion of the squid remained, and his ink-bag was emptier than ever.

    The Financier Theodore Dreiser
  • This food is chiefly the squid or Sepia octopus, known also by the name of the cuttle-fish.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • When Terry walked over to see his victim at close range, he found the biologists balked by the mere huge size of the squid.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • There is squid to follow, and sea urchins and a seaweed salad.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • The squid enveloped the jig with its tentacles and would be whisked aboard squirting sepia in protest.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
  • Only a salmon or a squid could have been the teachers of that wondrous learning!

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • The squid were in the harbour, and the fish were taking the bait in lively fashion.

  • But squid, squid, everywhere, the most valuable prey of all!

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
British Dictionary definitions for squid


noun (pl) squid, squids
any of various fast-moving pelagic cephalopod molluscs of the genera Loligo, Ommastrephes, etc, of most seas, having a torpedo-shaped body ranging from about 10 centimetres to 16.5 metres long and a pair of triangular tail fins: order Decapoda (decapods) See also cuttlefish
verb squids, squidding, squidded
(intransitive) (of a parachute) to assume an elongated squidlike shape owing to excess air pressure
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin


(Brit, slang) a pound sterling
Word Origin
C20: rhyming slang for quid


superconducting quantum interference device
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for squid

marine mollusk, 1610s, of unknown origin; perhaps a sailors' variant of squirt, so called for the "ink" it squirts out.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for squid

squeeze play


Pressure or coercion: a squeeze play over signing the contract

[1916+; fr earlier baseball sense, tactic involving bunting or hitting the ball softly so that the runner at third base can reach home]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for squid


superconducting quantum interference device
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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