American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A naval unit consisting of two or more divisions of a fleet.
- n. An armored cavalry unit subordinate to a regiment and consisting of two or more troops.
- n. A cavalry or armored unit of a European army, corresponding to a company.
- n. A basic tactical air force unit, subordinate to a group and consisting of two or more flights.
- n. A multitude or horde: "Squadrons of flies like particles of dust danced up and down” ( T.E. Lawrence).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A square.
- n. A body of soldiers drawn up in a square, or in regular array, as for battle; specifically, in modern armies, the principal division of a regiment of cavalry. This corresponds more or less closely to a company in the infantry, and consists of two troops, each commanded by a captain. The actual strength of a squadron varies from 120 to 200 men.
- n. A division of a fleet; a detachment of ships of war employed on a particular service or station, and under the command of a flag-officer.
- n. in early New England records (1636), one of four divisions of town land, probably in the first instance a square. The records show that squadron was nsed later in other senses: A division of a town for highway care.
- n. A school district.
- n. Sometimes spelled squadrant.
- To form into squadrons, as a body of soldiers.
- To form in order; array.
- n. obsolete Primarily, a square; hence, a square body of troops; a body of troops drawn up in a square.
- n. military, army A body of cavalry comprising two companies or troops, and averaging from one hundred and twenty to two hundred soldiers.
- n. military, navy A detachment of vessels employed on any particular service or station, under the command of the senior officer; as, the North Atlantic Squadron.
- n. military, air force A tactical air force unit; consists of at least two flights; multiple squadrons make up a group.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare Primarily, a square; hence, a square body of troops; a body of troops drawn up in a square.
- n. (Mil.) A body of cavalry comprising two companies or troops, and averaging from one hundred and twenty to two hundred men.
- n. (Naut.) A detachment of vessels employed on any particular service or station, under the command of the senior officer.
- n. a naval unit that is detached from the fleet for a particular task
- n. an air force unit larger than a flight and smaller than a group
- n. a cavalry unit consisting of two or more troops and headquarters and supporting arms
- French escadron, formerly also esquadron, or Italian squadrone. See squad. (Wiktionary)
- Italian squadrone, augmentative of squadra, squad; see squad. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Barbarian squadron is the all-woman piloted champ of the fleet, in no small part thanks to their mechanic Mac, who is an uplifted gibbon (part of a tribe of sentient apes that mixes with human society).”
“The silence from the chickenhawk squadron is deafening.”
“The squadron is based out of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., and is one of eight squadrons that make up Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3.”
“Indeed it has been proven that one of the most important instructions given to recruits on joining a regiment, a ship or a squadron, is the history of that unit, to inspire him with a sense of pride and responsibility.”
“Not that I'd patrol with the half-blown reliners they call squadron leaders these days.”
“How is an airplane which has never flown to be in squadron service in that period of time?”
“With this object in view the life of a fighting squadron is planned by the squadron commander.”
“You come down just above the enemy trenches, making certain that you are 200 or 300 yards behind, because the average man in a fighting squadron is not certain, to within 200 or 300 yards, exactly where our front line is and where the Huns are.”
“The king and commander of this hellish squadron is here described, [1.]”
“He knew that a second flotilla of six destroyers with three swift second-class cruisers were following in to complete the work, which by this time should have begun, and that after them came the main French squadron, consisting of six first-class battleships with a screen of ten first and five second-class cruisers, the work of which would be to maintain a blockade against any relieving force, after the submarines and destroyers had sunk and crippled the ships of the Fleet Reserve and cut the connections of the contact mines.”
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