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squib

 (skwĭb)
n.
1.
a. A small firecracker.
b. A broken firecracker that burns but does not explode.
2.
a. A brief satirical or witty writing or speech, such as a lampoon.
b. A short, sometimes humorous piece in a newspaper or magazine, usually used as a filler.
3. Football A squib kick.
v. squibbed, squib·bing, squibs
v.intr.
To write or utter squibs.
v.tr.
1. To write or utter squibs against; lampoon.
2. Football To kick (the ball) low on a kickoff so that it bounces along the ground.

[Probably imitative.]

squib′ber n.

squib

(skwɪb)
n
1. (Chemistry) a firework, usually having a tube filled with gunpowder, that burns with a hissing noise and culminates in a small explosion
2. (Chemistry) a firework that does not explode because of a fault; dud
3. a short witty attack; lampoon
4. (Astronautics) an electric device for firing a rocket engine
5. obsolete an insignificant person
6. slang Austral and NZ a coward
7. damp squib something intended but failing to impress
vb, squibs, squibbing or squibbed
8. (intr) to sound, move, or explode like a squib
9. (intr) to let off or shoot a squib
10. to write a squib against (someone)
11. (intr) to move in a quick irregular fashion
12. (intr) slang Austral to behave in a cowardly fashion
[C16: probably imitative of a quick light explosion]

squib

(skwɪb)

n., v. squibbed, squib•bing. n.
1. a short, witty or sarcastic saying or writing.
2. a short news story, often used as a filler.
3. a small firework, consisting of a tube or ball filled with powder, that burns with a hissing noise terminated usu. by a slight explosion.
4. a firecracker broken in the middle so that it burns with a hissing noise but does not explode.
v.i.
5. to write squibs.
6. to shoot off or fire a squib.
7. to explode with a small, sharp sound.
8. to move swiftly and irregularly.
v.t.
9. to assail in squibs or lampoons.
10. to toss, shoot, or utilize as a squib.
[1515–25; orig. uncertain]

squib

A small pyrotechnic device that may be used to fire the igniter in a rocket or for some similar purpose. Not to be confused with a detonator that explodes.

Squib

 a small measure of quantity, 1766.
Examples: squib of gin, 1805; of punch, 1766.

squib


Past participle: squibbed
Gerund: squibbing

Imperative
squib
squib
Present
I squib
you squib
he/she/it squibs
we squib
you squib
they squib
Preterite
I squibbed
you squibbed
he/she/it squibbed
we squibbed
you squibbed
they squibbed
Present Continuous
I am squibbing
you are squibbing
he/she/it is squibbing
we are squibbing
you are squibbing
they are squibbing
Present Perfect
I have squibbed
you have squibbed
he/she/it has squibbed
we have squibbed
you have squibbed
they have squibbed
Past Continuous
I was squibbing
you were squibbing
he/she/it was squibbing
we were squibbing
you were squibbing
they were squibbing
Past Perfect
I had squibbed
you had squibbed
he/she/it had squibbed
we had squibbed
you had squibbed
they had squibbed
Future
I will squib
you will squib
he/she/it will squib
we will squib
you will squib
they will squib
Future Perfect
I will have squibbed
you will have squibbed
he/she/it will have squibbed
we will have squibbed
you will have squibbed
they will have squibbed
Future Continuous
I will be squibbing
you will be squibbing
he/she/it will be squibbing
we will be squibbing
you will be squibbing
they will be squibbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been squibbing
you have been squibbing
he/she/it has been squibbing
we have been squibbing
you have been squibbing
they have been squibbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been squibbing
you will have been squibbing
he/she/it will have been squibbing
we will have been squibbing
you will have been squibbing
they will have been squibbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been squibbing
you had been squibbing
he/she/it had been squibbing
we had been squibbing
you had been squibbing
they had been squibbing
Conditional
I would squib
you would squib
he/she/it would squib
we would squib
you would squib
they would squib
Past Conditional
I would have squibbed
you would have squibbed
he/she/it would have squibbed
we would have squibbed
you would have squibbed
they would have squibbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.squib - firework consisting of a tube filled with powder (as a broken firecracker) that burns with a fizzing noisesquib - firework consisting of a tube filled with powder (as a broken firecracker) that burns with a fizzing noise
firework, pyrotechnic - (usually plural) a device with an explosive that burns at a low rate and with colored flames; can be used to illuminate areas or send signals etc.

squib

noun
A usually brief detail of news or information:
Translations

squib

[skwɪb] N (= firework) → buscapiés m inv
see also damp

squib

[ˈskwɪb] npétard m
a damp squib (fig)un pétard mouillé

squib

n (= firework)Knallfrosch m ? damp

squib

[skwɪb] npetardo
References in classic literature ?
The duke, the duchess, and all in the garden were listening to the conversation of the two heroes, and were beyond measure amused by it; and now, desirous of putting a finishing touch to this rare and well-contrived adventure, they applied a light to Clavileno's tail with some tow, and the horse, being full of squibs and crackers, immediately blew up with a prodigious noise, and brought Don Quixote and Sancho Panza to the ground half singed.
It was, since he could not escape from the Pope of the Fools, from Jehan Fourbault's bannerets, from May trusses, from squibs and crackers, to go to the Place de Grève.
Well, I said Pylotechnic," answered the Rocket, in a severe tone of voice, and the Bengal Light felt so crushed that he began at once to bully the little squibs, in order to show that he was still a person of some importance.
Then the Squibs danced all over the place, and the Bengal Lights made everything look scarlet.
The world is certainly very beautiful," cried a little Squib.
The King's garden is not the world, you foolish squib," said a big Roman Candle; "the world is an enormous place, and it would take you three days to see it thoroughly.
This moon is nothing more than a thin carcase of fireworks, whose squibs, rockets, serpents, and suns, after a superb brilliancy, have left but sadly broken cases.
He touched off in quick succession a set of fierce rockets, angry catherine wheels, loudly exploding squibs - and the matter might have turned out very serious.
I knowed ‘twa the Frenchman’s powder, gal; it went so all together; your coarse grain will squib for a minute.
I once wrote a squib on them - the critics, or the reviewers, rather.
As Ernest said at the trial: "Does it stand to reason, if I were going to throw a bomb, that I should elect to throw a feeble little squib like the one that was thrown?
on a transparency behind; and nine people at the wings with a squib in each hand--all the dozen and a half going off at once--it would be very grand--awful from the front, quite awful.