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

  • To draw up in a squad.
  • 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.
  • 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)



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  • “Many of the men, and it’s still almost all men, remember the days when they stood several deep around the specialists, nudging, pushing, staying put for several straight hours, shouting ‘Squad!’ for pages to hustle handwritten notes to clerks on the wings, jockeying at the banks of phones now hanging from hooks like relics.�?

    The New York Times, Financial Foot Soldiers, Feeling the Weight of the World , by Dan Barry, November 2, 2008

    November 3, 2008

  • Precisely. Otherwise known as simple-past or past-tense. :-)

    March 14, 2008

  • i.e. the preterite of the verb "to squid"?

    Best definition ever.

    March 14, 2008

  • (verb) To have squidded.

    March 14, 2008