squid

noun (1)
\ ˈskwid How to pronounce squid (audio) \
plural squid or squids

Definition of squid

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: any of an order (Teuthoidea) of cephalopods having eight short arms and two usually longer tentacles, a long tapered body, a caudal fin on each side, and usually a slender internal chitinous support

squid

verb
squidded; squidding

Definition of squid (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to fish with or for squid

SQUID

noun (2)
\ ˈskwid How to pronounce SQUID (audio) \

Definition of SQUID (Entry 3 of 3)

: an instrument for detecting and measuring very weak magnetic fields

Examples of squid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Many fishermen have reported seeing magister armhook squid in Lynn Canal, according to the NOAA article. Alex Mccarthy, The Seattle Times, "Find allows for third sperm whale necropsy ever in Alaska," 13 Apr. 2019 Today’s first plate featured kawahagi, tilefish, topped with its own liver; toro, ultra-fatty tuna; grilled sawara, Spanish mackerel; and stewed hotari-ika, firefly squid. Tom Downey, WSJ, "A Sushi-Obsessed Trip to Osaka," 4 Dec. 2018 The tender squid acted like an exotic sausage casing for vegetables brightened with red onions and balsamic vinegar. Alice Short, latimes.com, "Avoiding pain and finding only pleasure in Sicily," 27 May 2018 The squid can also use the siphon to propel its way through water backward. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Monterey Bay Aquarium takes Apple to task for its backward squid emoji," 5 Dec. 2018 Cook, stirring constantly, until the squid becomes opaque. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Spanish food? Sí, por favor!," 29 May 2018 The mantle then contracts, which excretes waste from the squid’s body. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Monterey Bay Aquarium takes Apple to task for its backward squid emoji," 5 Dec. 2018 Traveling during the summer to conduct field work, Shimomura studied bioluminescent fireworms in Bermuda, cave worms and limpets in New Zealand, and a plethora of glowing bacteria, twinkling fireflies and neon-colored squid and krill. Harrison Smith, The Seattle Times, "Osamu Shimomura, atomic blast survivor and Nobel-winning chemist, dies at 90," 23 Oct. 2018 An enormous 14-foot long squid has washed up on the shores of Wellington, New Zealand, prompting images of the colossal cephalopod to go viral. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Monster squid goes viral after it washed up in New Zealand," 27 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But Benjamin Sukle, chef at (Hot 10 alum) Oberlin in Providence, RI, (a state that is to squid what Maine is to lobster) cracked the code: Cook it like chicken under a brick, applying the weight of a cast-iron pan to maximize sear and minimize chew. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, "You Can Totally Cook Squid at Home and Here's How," 23 June 2017 But Benjamin Sukle, chef at (Hot 10 alum) Oberlin in Providence, RI, (a state that is to squid what Maine is to lobster) cracked the code: Cook it like chicken under a brick, applying the weight of a cast-iron pan to maximize sear and minimize chew. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, "You Can Totally Cook Squid at Home and Here's How," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of squid

Noun (1)

1613, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squid

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

superconducting quantum interference device

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squid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of squid

: a sea animal that has a long, thin, soft body and 10 long arms

squid

noun
\ ˈskwid How to pronounce squid (audio) \

Kids Definition of squid

: a sea mollusk that is related to the octopus and has a long thin soft body with eight short arms and two usually longer tentacles

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