In squadded competitions the weather conditions must be accepted as they are at the time of the shooting.
Where a number of men joined from one place they were squadded together as far as possible in the South African Constabulary.
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.