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squad·ron

 (skwŏd′rən)
n.
1. A naval unit smaller than a fleet.
2. An armored cavalry unit subordinate to a regiment and consisting of two or more troops.
3. A cavalry or armored unit of a European army, corresponding to a company.
4. A basic tactical air force unit, subordinate to a group and consisting of two or more flights.
5. A multitude or horde: "Squadrons of flies like particles of dust danced up and down" (T.E. Lawrence).

[Italian squadrone, augmentative of squadra, squad; see squad.]

squadron

(ˈskwɒdrən)
n
1. (Military)
a. a subdivision of a naval fleet detached for a particular task
b. a number of naval units usually of similar type and consisting of two or more divisions
2. (Military) a cavalry unit comprising two or more troops, headquarters, and supporting arms
3. (Military) the basic tactical and administrative air force unit comprising two or more flights
Abbreviation: sqn
[C16: from Italian squadrone soldiers drawn up in square formation, from squadro square]

squad•ron

(ˈskwɒd rən)

n.
1. a subdivision of a naval fleet usu. consisting of two or more divisions.
2. an armored cavalry or cavalry unit consisting of two or more troops.
3. (in the U.S. Air Force).
a. the basic administrative and tactical unit, consisting of two or more flights.
b. a flight formation.
[1555–65; < Italian squadrone=squadr(a) square]

squadron

- Borrowed from Italian squadrone, from Latin quadrare, "square"; the sense of "military group" comes from an earlier "square formation of troops."
See also related terms for troops.

squadron

1. An organization consisting of two or more divisions of ships, or two or more divisions (Navy) or flights of aircraft. It is normally but not necessarily composed of ships or aircraft of the same type.
2. The basic administrative aviation unit of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.
3. Battalion-sized ground or aviation units in US Army cavalry regiments.

Squadron

 any body of men in a regular formation; a division of a fleet or air force; a force of 150 to 200 men in the army.
Examples: squadron of air craft—Brewer; of angels; of bees, 1713; of cardinals, 1906; of clouds, 1862; of consideration, 1680; of dissent, 1824; of galleons, 1588; of the Fathers, 1617; of blessed spirits, 1684; of ships; of soldiers, 1656.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.squadron - a cavalry unit consisting of two or more troops and headquarters and supporting armssquadron - a cavalry unit consisting of two or more troops and headquarters and supporting arms
cavalry - a highly mobile army unit
2.squadron - an air force unit larger than a flight and smaller than a group
air unit - a military unit that is part of the airforce
wing - a unit of military aircraft
escadrille - an air force squadron typically containing six airplanes (as in France during World War I)
3.squadron - a naval unit that is detached from the fleet for a particular task
naval unit - a military unit that is part of a navy
escadrille - a small squadron
Translations
سَرِيَّه
eskadra
eskadrille
liîssveit
eskadronas
eskadraeskadriļaeskadrons
eskadra

squadron

[ˈskwɒdrən]
A. N (Mil) → escuadrón m (Aer) → escuadrilla f, escuadrón m (Naut) → escuadra f
B. CPD squadron leader N (Brit) → comandante m (de aviación)

squadron

[ˈskwɒdrən] n
(MILITARY)escadron m
(AVIATION)escadrille f
(NAUTICAL, NAVAL)escadrille fsquadron leader n (British) (AVIATION)commandant m

squadron

n (of cavalry)Schwadron f; (Aviat) → Staffel f; (Naut) → Geschwader nt

squadron

[ˈskwɒdrn] n (Mil) → squadrone m (Aer, Naut) → squadriglia

squadron

(ˈskwodrən) noun
a division of a regiment, a section of a fleet, or a group of aeroplanes.
References in classic literature ?
A stately squadron of snowy geese were riding in an adjoining pond, convoying whole fleets of ducks; regiments of turkeys were gobbling through the farmyard, and Guinea fowls fretting about it, like ill-tempered housewives, with their peevish, discontented cry.
We now called upon the Guide-in-Chief, and asked for a squadron of guides and porters for the ascent of the Montanvert.
Forthwith from every Squadron and each Band The Heads and Leaders thither hast where stood Their great Commander; Godlike shapes and forms Excelling human, Princely Dignities, And Powers that earst in Heaven sat on Thrones; Though of their Names in heav'nly Records now Be no memorial, blotted out and ras'd By thir Rebellion, from the Books of Life.
The multitude, like a timid cur which waits to bark till the object of its challenge has turned his back, raised a feeble shout as the rear of the squadron left the ground.
When we came near that coast, and began to rejoice at the prospect of ease and refreshment, we were on the sudden alarmed with the sight of a squadron of ships, of what nation we could not at first distinguish, but soon discovered that they were three English and three Dutch, and were preparing to attack us.
So saying, he dashed into the midst of the squadron of ewes, and began spearing them with as much spirit and intrepidity as if he were transfixing mortal enemies in earnest.
After our meal, Kantos Kan took me with him to the headquarters of the air-scout squadron and introducing me to his superior asked that I be enrolled as a member of the corps.
More Customs officers and flagboat of guarding squadron.
Never did the ships of a squadron manoeuvre with more unity.
About eleven, the next morning's papers were able to say, a squadron of hussars, two Maxims, and about four hundred men of the Cardigan regiment started from Aldershot.
Into the unspeakable jumble in the roadway rode a squadron of cavalry.
I opened my eyes, astonished to find myself alive and even unhurt; a third of the squadron were lying on the ground, wounded, dead or dying.