from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small group of people organized in a common endeavor or activity.
- n. The smallest tactical unit of military personnel.
- n. A small unit of police officers.
- n. Sports An athletic team.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A group of people organized for some common purpose, usually of about ten members.
- n. A unit of tactical military personnel, or of police officers, usually of about ten members.
- n. A group of potential players from whom a starting team and substitutes are chosen.
- n. sloppy mud
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small party of men assembled for drill, inspection, or other purposes.
- n. Hence, any small party.
- n. Sloppy mud.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Milit., any small number of men assembled, as for drill, inspection, or duty.
- n. Any small party or group of persons: as, a squad of navvies; a set of people in general: usually somewhat contemptuous.
- To draw up in a squad.
- n. Soft, slimy mud.
- n. In mining, loose ore of tin mixed with earth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small squad of policemen trained to deal with a particular kind of crime
- n. a smallest army unit
- n. a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
Obsolete French esquade, from Old French escadre, from Old Spanish escuadra and Old Italian squadra, both from Vulgar Latin *exquadra, square; see square.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French escouade (Wiktionary)