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a. A small firecracker.
b. A broken firecracker that burns but does not explode.
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
To write or utter squibs.
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.
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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]
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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]
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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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
Squiba small measure of quantity, 1766.
Examples: squib of gin, 1805; of punch, 1766.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: squibbed
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|Noun||1.||squib - firework consisting of a tube filled with powder (as a broken firecracker) that burns with a fizzing noise|
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squib[skwɪb] n → petardo
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