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squad

 (skwŏd)
n.
1. A small group of people organized in a common endeavor or activity.
2. The smallest tactical unit of military personnel.
3. A small unit of police officers.
4. Sports An athletic team.

[Obsolete French esquade, from Old French escadre, from Old Spanish escuadra and Old Italian squadra, both from Vulgar Latin *exquadra, square; see square.]

squad

(skwɒd)
n
1. (Military) 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
3. (Team Sports, other than specified) sport a number of players from which a team is to be selected
[C17: from Old French esquade, from Old Spanish escuadra, from escuadrar to square, from the square formations used]

squad

(skwɒd)

n., v. squad•ded, squad•ding. n.
1. the smallest military unit, consisting usu. of 10 privates, a staff sergeant, and a corporal.
2. a group of police officers assigned esp. to a specific field: the vice squad.
3. any small group of persons engaged in a common enterprise; team.
v.t.
4. to form into squads.
5. to assign to a squad.
[1640–50; < French esquade, escouade, Middle French, alter. of escoadre < Italian scuadra literally, square, i.e., a body of troops drawn up in a square formation]

Squad

 Examples: squad of animals, 1857; of authors, 1809; of beaters—Brewer; of butchers, 1797; of labourers, 1825; of people, 1818; of liveried servants, 1896; of small ships, 1676; of soldiers; of witches, 1830.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.squad - a smallest army unitsquad - a smallest army unit      
army unit - a military unit that is part of an army
firing party, firing squad - a squad formed to fire volleys at a military funeral or to carry out a military execution
2.squad - a cooperative unit (especially in sports)squad - a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
A-team - a group of elite soldiers or a leadership group of advisors or workers in an organization
battery - a unit composed of the pitcher and catcher
flying squad - a mobile group of trained people (police or executives or officials) able to move quickly in the case of emergencies
major-league club, major-league team - a team that plays in a major league
minor-league club, minor-league team - a team that plays in a minor league
baseball team - a team that plays baseball
basketball team, five - a team that plays basketball
football team, eleven - a team that plays football
hockey team - a team that plays ice hockey
junior varsity, JV - a college or university team that competes at a level below the varsity team
first team, varsity - a team representing a college or university
second string - a squad of players that are available either individually or as a team to relieve or replace the players who started the game
police squad, squad - a small squad of policemen trained to deal with a particular kind of crime
powerhouse - a team considered to be the best of its class
offence, offense - the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score
defending team, defence, defense - (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense"
social unit, unit - an organization regarded as part of a larger social group; "the coach said the offensive unit did a good job"; "after the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit"
hit squad - a team of assassins
bench - the reserve players on a team; "our team has a strong bench"
section - a small team of policemen working as part of a police platoon
little-league team - a team that plays in a little league
crew - the team of men manning a racing shell
stringer - a member of a squad on a team; "a first stringer"; "a second stringer"
3.squad - a small squad of policemen trained to deal with a particular kind of crimesquad - a small squad of policemen trained to deal with a particular kind of crime
team, squad - a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
vice squad - a police group to enforce laws against gambling and prostitution
platoon - a team of policemen working under the military platoon system
Special Weapons and Tactics squad, Special Weapons and Tactics team, SWAT squad, SWAT team - a squad of policemen who have been trained to deal with violent and dangerous situations

squad

noun team, group, band, company, force, troop, crew, gang, dream team The club is under investigation by the fraud squad.
Translations
جَماعَه، مَجْموعَهفِرْقَه
družstvoskupina
holdpatruljesjak
deild, sveitvinnuhópur
policijos automobilis
brigādevadsvienība
enotamoštvo

squad

[skwɒd]
A. N
1. (Mil) → pelotón m
2. [of police] → brigada f
flying squadbrigada f móvil
3. [of workmen etc] → cuadrilla f
4. (Sport) [of players] → equipo m
B. CPD squad car N (Police) → coche-patrulla m

squad

[ˈskwɒd] n
(MILITARY)escouade f
(POLICE)brigade f
(SPORT)sélection fsquad car n (British)voiture f de patrouille

squad

n (Mil) → Korporalschaft f; (= special unit of police etc)Kommando nt; (= police department)Dezernat nt; (of workmen)Trupp m; (Sport, fig) → Mannschaft f

squad

[skwɒd] n (Mil) → drappello, plotone m; (of police, workmen) → squadra
flying squad (Police) → (squadra) volante f, (squadra) mobile f
the England World Cup squad was named today (Ftbl) → oggi è stata annunciata la formazione inglese convocata per i mondiali

squad

(skwod) noun
1. a small group of soldiers drilled or working together. The men were divided into squads to perform different duties.
2. a group of people, especially a working-party. a squad of workmen.
ˈsquad car noun
a police car.
References in classic literature ?
The father of the Custom-House -- the patriarch, not only of this little squad of officials, but, I am bold to say, of the respectable body of tide-waiters all over the United States -- was a certain permanent Inspector.
In cold weather he was distinguished by a fur cap, surmounted with a flaunting fox's tail; and when the folks at a country gathering descried this well-known crest at a distance, whisking about among a squad of hard riders, they always stood by for a squall.
The women cried over Cathy, so did even those stern warriors, the Rocky Mountain Rangers; Shekels was there, and the Cid, and Sardanapalus, and Potter, and Mongrel, and Sour-Mash, Famine, and Pestilence, and Cathy kissed them all and wept; details of the several arms of the garrison were present to represent the rest, and say good-bye and God bless you for all the soldiery; and there was a special squad from the Seventh, with the oldest veteran at its head, to speed the Seventh's Child with grand honors and impressive ceremonies; and the veteran had a touching speech by heart, and put up his hand in salute and tried to say it, but his lips trembled and his voice broke, but Cathy bent down from the saddle and kissed him on the mouth and turned his defeat to victory, and a cheer went up.
Now, I knew, my troubles would commence in earnest and indeed they were upon me all too soon, for it seemed that the squad had scarcely left the guardroom before one of their number burst in again breathlessly, crying that they had found their four comrades butchered in the antechamber.
Fogg pressed the young woman's hand, and, having confided to her his precious carpet-bag, went off with the sergeant and his little squad.
A little while after that a squad of police came into the station and began to clear the public off the platforms, and my brother went out into the street again.
There was about a teaspoonful of grey matter distributed among the entire squad, and the pupil Annette had been teaching that afternoon had come in at the tail-end of the division.
As we came down through the town we encountered a squad of little donkeys ready saddled for use.
It was a squad of the king's police, which was making the rounds, by order of Messire Robert d'Estouteville, guard of the provostship of Paris.
It was a vast busy space stretching away northward as far as he could see, methodically cut up into numbered sheds, gasometers, squad encampments, storage areas, interlaced with the omnipresent mono-rail lines, and altogether free from overhead wires or cables.
An hour later a squad of soldiers arrived and Pierre with thirteen others was led to the Virgin's Field.
With one squad of a home-guard company I could have conquered Caspak.