American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A unit of a European air command, as in France during World War I, typically containing ten or more aircraft.
- n. an air force squadron typically containing six airplanes (as in France during World War I)
- n. a small squadron
- From French escadrille, from Middle French, from Spanish escuadrilla, from Latin exquadrare (“to square off”). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Spanish escuadrilla, diminutive of escuadra, squadron, from escuadrar, to square off, from Vulgar Latin *exquadrāre; see square. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Our escadrille was listed on the schedule with the other fighting units, each of which has its specified flying hours, rotating so there is always an _escadrille de chasse_ over the lines.”
“In France the unit was the 'escadrille', consisting of six machines, and roughly corresponding to what we call a flight.”
“And then the commander of our escadrille vanished.”
“An escadrille of corvettes left Daedalus orbit and accelerated downward.”
“A member of the escadrille, flying rear guard, did fall-flash of light, tail of smoke, shatter-ping burst on the ground.”
“As Tryntaf whipped in hyperbola close by the globe, his escadrille shot from her launch ports.”
“He could bring his escadrille quickly around and take the pursuit from behind, catch them in their bewilderment, shatter and scatter a force that outnumbered his three or four to one.”
“Boche escadrille on his tail, crazy to fetch him down.”
“Yes, the two Hun spies were undoubtedly there, and already busily engaged in doing something that could only mean trouble for the American escadrille.”
“I almost wish they hadn't done it, for there are lots of others in the escadrille that deserve it fully as much, and some more, than we do.”
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