[ skwod ]
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  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.

  1. any small group or party of persons engaged in a common enterprise.

  2. a sports team or a group of players from which a team is selected.

  3. Slang. a group of friends.

verb (used with object),squad·ded, squad·ding.
  1. to form into squads.

  2. to assign to a squad.

Origin of squad

1640–50; <French esquade, alteration of esquadre<Spanish escuadrasquare; so called from square shape of the formation

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/ (skwɒd) /

  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

  1. sport a number of players from which a team is to be selected

Origin of squad

C17: from Old French esquade, from Old Spanish escuadra, from escuadrar to square, from the square formations used

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