squad·​ron | \ ˈskwä-drən How to pronounce squadron (audio) \

Definition of squadron

1 : a unit of military organization: such as
a : a cavalry unit higher than a troop and lower than a regiment
b : a naval unit consisting of two or more divisions and sometimes additional vessels
c(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

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Field carrier practice landings at an airstrip near Coupeville would jump nearly fourfold under a preferred option announced this week for a planned expansion of the EA-18G Growler squadrons based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Navy releases plan for increased Growler aircraft training on Whidbey Island," 27 June 2018 Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is home to a squadron of F-35Bs and is the only place where pilots train to fly the jet, including some from the United Kingdom. Jeffrey Collins, Fox News, "New military jet crashes, pilot ejects in S Carolina," 28 Sep. 2018 Here’s a Lockheed Martin video that describes ALIS: Every F-35 squadron, no matter the country, has a 13-server ALIS package that is connected to the worldwide ALIS network. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The F-35's Greatest Vulnerability Isn't Enemy Weapons. It's Being Hacked.," 14 Nov. 2018 Its goal is to launch a squadron of the tiny probes in about 20 years to the Alpha Centauri star system, 4.3 light-years away. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "The Tiny Satellites That Might Fly to Another Solar System," 18 Oct. 2018 To address the skill disparity, Wargaming will change aircraft carriers from an RTS map to a third-person view, with the aircraft carrier player flying individual squadrons rather than commanding an entire air wing. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Four Thirties Strategy aims to stand up 30 air squadrons, 30 ships, and 30 battalions in 30 days: that is, 25 days after Russia has swallowed the Baltic republics and morsels of Poland. Mark Helprin, WSJ, "Defining Defense Down," 11 Oct. 2018 The feeling that stakes were high, competition was fierce, and failure was not an option, pervaded our squadron, our team, our school. Polo Tate, Marie Claire, "Sexual Assault in the Military: One Woman's True Story," 8 Aug. 2018 Dave Hecht, spokesman for Naval Air Force Atlantic, said the squadron took the day off from training Thursday in order to grieve. Lolita C. Baldoor, Sun-Sentinel.com, "2 Floridians identified as aviators killed in Key West Navy jet crash," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of squadron

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for squadron

Italian squadrone, augmentative of squadra squad, from Old Italian

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English Language Learners Definition of squadron

: a military unit consisting of soldiers, ships, or aircraft


squad·​ron | \ ˈskwä-drən How to pronounce squadron (audio) \

Kids Definition of squadron

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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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