squad

noun
\ ˈskwäd \

Definition of squad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small organized group of military personnel especially : a tactical unit that can be easily directed in the field
2 : a small group engaged in a common effort or occupation

squad

verb
squadded; squadding

Definition of squad (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to arrange in squads

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Synonyms for squad

Synonyms: Noun

army, band, brigade, company, crew, gang, outfit, party, platoon, team

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Examples of squad in a Sentence

Noun

the cleaning squad usually arrives after regular business hours

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Beathard is in line to start next week when the 49ers play the Chargers in Los Angeles, and Nick Mullens could get a call-up from the practice squad to serve as the backup. Fox News, "49ers lose Garoppolo to possible ACL injury," 24 Sep. 2018 John Cassavetes trained his camera on frequent collaborator Gena Rowlands for Gloria, in which Rowlands plays a mobster’s girlfriend who must go on the run with her neighbor’s young son to keep him safe from a hit squad. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "9 great movies that explain cinema’s fascination with New York women," 13 July 2018 On Wednesday morning, a delegation of senior players from the Spanish squad, including Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta and David Silva, met with Rubiales. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Spain Fires Coach Julen Lopetegui on Eve of World Cup," 13 June 2018 Mark Torre, the commanding officer of the NYPD’s bomb squad] explained. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "How police use a ‘total containment vessel’ to haul away explosive devices," 24 Oct. 2018 In the 2010s, the CG was designated the M3 Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System and issued at a rate of one per Army infantry platoon and one per Marine rifle squad. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army's Recoilless Rifle Is Getting a Huge Upgrade: Laser-Guided Warheads," 10 Oct. 2018 The officers did not turn on their body cameras until after the shooting, and there was no squad camera video of the incident. Fox News, "Officer who fatally shot Justine Damond charged with murder, turns himself in," 2 Oct. 2018 And one of her colleagues working with England’s World Cup squad said the team’s nutritionist had informed players of the potential benefits of carb rinsing in soccer. New York Times, "That Spitting Thing at the World Cup? It’s Probably ‘Carb Rinsing’," 11 July 2018 About 30 to 40 people were evacuated from the building after a security guard found a black duffel bag near the front door about 7 a.m. Bomb squad officials detonated the package with a water cannon at 10:15 a.m. No injuries were reported. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police detonate suspicious package found outside Milwaukee Coast Guard building," 6 July 2018

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The Cardinals squad Seattle beat on a last-second field goal two weeks earlier wasn’t much better. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "It’s too early to call the Seahawks good, but they might be good enough for the playoffs," 15 Oct. 2018 Star fullback Alex Telles is among the absentees from the Portuguese league leaders squad, along with Danilo Pereira, Tiquinho Soares and Moussa Marega. SI.com, "Liverpool Has Champions League Quarterfinal Place Within Reach," 5 Mar. 2018 With nothing to lose, Poland manager Nawalka may give starts to squad players and revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation, after witnessing the abject failure of his 3-4-3 approach against Colombia. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Japan vs Poland - Recent Form, Team News, Predicted Lineups & More," 27 June 2018 But for those cognizant of the Charger squad the past three years, amazing feats are the norm. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Golf: Clear Springs in record-shattering form," 7 Apr. 2018 Other seniors on the Lady Raiders squad along with Preston and Luck were O'Dowd, Esparis Tarantini and Aidan Martino. Sun-Sentinel.com, "St. Thomas Aquinas girls enjoy special relationships during lacrosse season," 3 June 2018 The Egypt squad in Russia for its first World Cup since 1990 has a nickname besides the Pharaohs. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "Grozny is a World Cup home away from home for Egypt squad," 13 June 2018 Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was an assistant for that Warriors squad back in 2015 and he's had a front row seat for Davis' maturation process over the past few seasons. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Anthony Davis feels unburdened after earning first career playoff win," 15 Apr. 2018 Last month, the Milwaukee Police Department released body-cam and squad-car videos that showed Brown's January arrest, reports CBSN's Vladimir Duthiers. CBS News, "Newly released videos show what officers did after arresting Sterling Brown," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of squad

Noun

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squad

Noun

Middle French esquade, from Old Spanish & Old Italian; Old Spanish escuadra & Old Italian squadra, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *exquadrare to make square — more at square

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The first known use of squad was in 1649

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squad

noun

English Language Learners Definition of squad

: a part of a police force that deals with a specific type of crime

: a small organized group of soldiers

: a group of people who are involved in a particular activity

squad

noun
\ ˈskwäd \

Kids Definition of squad

1 : a small group of soldiers
2 : a small group working or playing together a football squad

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