Definition of squadron
1 : a unit of military organization: such asa : a cavalry unit higher than a troop and lower than a regimentb : a naval unit consisting of two or more divisions and sometimes additional vesselsc (1) : a unit of the U.S. Air Force higher than a flight and lower than a group (2) : a military flight formation
2 : a large group of people or things a squadron of limos
Recent Examples of squadron from the Web
C. Wade McClusky Jr. faced a tough decision on June 4, 1942: turn his low-on-fuel U.S. Navy air squadron around or keep searching for the Japanese fleet headed for Midway.
Those would include the squadron the Idaho Air National Guard operates at Gowen Field, which shares the airport’s runways.
A brief, a pod, a pouch, a scoop or a squadronOur state bird can hold about three gallons of water (and fish) in its pouch, according to this website.
Craig Ramsey, commander of the fleet’s flight test squadron at Vandenberg.
The American trio, members of an elite squadron known as the Lafayette Escadrille, quickly got into trouble.
The two flying wings consisted of 10 squadrons and came to Texas for the mild winters and to train U.S. pilots, who were far behind their Canadian and European counterparts.
Rep. Martha McSally, a Republican from Arizona who flew the A-10 in combat and commanded a squadron in Afghanistan, speaks of it with obvious affection.
The first official squadron of Air Force UAVs is now taking shape in the Nevada desert, at Indian Springs, a disused World War II facility on the edge of the huge, secretive Nellis Air Force Base test range.
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Origin and Etymology of squadron
Italian squadrone, augmentative of squadra squad, from Old Italian
First Known Use: 1562
SQUADRON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of squadron for English Language Learners
: a military unit consisting of soldiers, ships, or aircraft
SQUADRON Defined for Kids
Definition of squadron for Students
1 : a group of soldiers, ships, or aircraft moving and working together
2 : a large group A squadron of geese flew overhead.
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