Meaning of squad

squad




A squad is a group, gang, or team, often made up of soldiers or police officers, but any gang will do. Some people call their group of friends a squad, probably so they seem organized and tough.

An army squad might focus on demolition or sharpshooting, while a police squad specializes in one particular type of crime — like a vice squad, battling drugs and illegal gambling, or a riot squad, controlling large groups of protesters. Any team of people is a squad, like a cheerleading squad or a squad of teenage graffiti artists. Squad comes from the Vulgar Latin exquadra, “square,” or the shape infantry troops historically assembled in to fight.

Definitions of squad
  1. noun

    the smallest army unit

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    firing party, firing squad

    a squad formed to fire volleys at a military funeral or to carry out a military execution
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    army unit

    a military unit that is part of an army

  2. noun

    a small squad of police officers trained to deal with a particular kind of crime

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    police squad

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    vice squad

    a police group to enforce laws against gambling and prostitution
    platoon

    a team of policemen working under the military platoon system
    SWAT squad, SWAT team, Special Weapons and Tactics squad, Special Weapons and Tactics team

    a squad of policemen who have been trained to deal with violent and dangerous situations
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    team

    a cooperative unit (especially in sports)

  3. noun

    a cooperative unit (especially in sports)

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    team

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    A-team

    a group of elite soldiers or a leadership group of advisors or workers in an organization
    battery

    a unit composed of the pitcher and catcher
    flying squad

    a mobile group of trained people (police or executives or officials) able to move quickly in the case of emergencies
    major-league club, major-league team

    a team that plays in a major league
    minor-league club, minor-league team

    a team that plays in a minor league
    baseball team

    a team that plays baseball
    basketball team, five

    a team that plays basketball
    eleven, football team

    a team that plays football
    hockey team

    a team that plays ice hockey
    JV, junior varsity

    a college or university team that competes at a level below the varsity team
    first team, varsity

    a team representing a college or university
    second string

    a squad of players that are available either individually or as a team to relieve or replace the players who started the game
    police squad

    a small squad of policemen trained to deal with a particular kind of crime
    powerhouse

    a team considered to be the best of its class
    offence, offense

    the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score
    defence, defending team, defense

    (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
    hit squad

    a team of assassins
    section

    a small team of policemen working as part of a police platoon
    little-league team

    a team that plays in a little league
    crew

    the team of men manning a racing shell
    farm club, farm team

    a minor-league team that is owned by a major-league team (especially in baseball)
    ball club, baseball club, club, nine

    a team of professional baseball players who play and travel together
    death squad

    a clandestine military or paramilitary team who murder political dissidents or petty criminals (usually with the government’s tacit approval)
    Sparrow Unit

    a hit squad of the New People’s Army in the Philippines
    vice squad

    a police group to enforce laws against gambling and prostitution
    platoon

    a team of policemen working under the military platoon system
    SWAT squad, SWAT team, Special Weapons and Tactics squad, Special Weapons and Tactics team

    a squad of policemen who have been trained to deal with violent and dangerous situations
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    social unit, unit

    an organization regarded as part of a larger social group

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