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squad

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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.
  5. Slang. a group of friends.
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verb (used with object), squad·ded, squad·ding.
  1. to form into squads.
  2. to assign to a squad.
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Origin of squad

1640–50; < French esquade, alteration of esquadre < Spanish escuadra square; so called from square shape of the formation
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  • A squad of men were sent at once to guard the vessel that had been left in charge of the mate.

  • Between the three and us rose out of a hollow the squad of couriers.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • At one point they surprised a squad of Germans in charge of a searchlight.

  • He was put into the squad of Jean Macquart, against whom he had at first an aversion.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • Jean burst like a hurricane into the Rue du Bac with the few men of his squad.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for squad

squad

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
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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

n.

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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