Definition of squad in English:



  • 1treated as singular or plural A small group of people having a particular task.

    ‘an assassination squad’
    • ‘Remind her that try-outs for next year's cheerleading squad are this month.’
    • ‘The agreement was that we all would go out in squads, search for things we would need, and hurry back to what we would now call the underground house, the safehouse.’
    • ‘During the course of this morning a squad of cleaners will be sent in to make the place spotless.’
    • ‘But motorists and other travellers will consider it evident that the road squads, however hard they worked, were responding to the weather when they should have anticipated it sooner.’
    • ‘These meals are made possible by the generosity of a squad of volunteer cooks.’
    • ‘We notified the local fire departments and emergency squads to form search parties.’
    • ‘These paramilitary squads might engage in assassinations or kidnappings.’
    • ‘Surprised to be given a presidential pardon six years later, he is unaware that the CIA pressed for his release so as to enable other countries' assassination squads to eliminate him.’
    • ‘There were two loud thumps on the door, and then it burst open, revealing a squad of five policemen.’
    • ‘They are spending an estimated £ 2,700 a day on a squad of translators because so many construction workers do not speak English.’
    • ‘It was manned by seven St John Ambulance first-aiders working closely with a squad of uniformed police.’
    • ‘After a night of no sleep and mopping the flat, I had a delightful day of dealing with various squads of plumbers.’
    • ‘Alison had even joined the cheerleading squad to get him to notice her.’
    group, gang, band, body, crew, team, mob, crowd, outfit, force
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    1. 1.1 A small number of soldiers assembled for drill or assigned to a special task.
      ‘the demolition squad from No. 6 Troop were blowing up the guns’
      • ‘The army's bomb disposal squad, based in Liverpool, was sent to the hotel.’
      • ‘Do squads or platoons composed solely of contract soldiers perform better than conscripts?’
      • ‘Those squads and platoons that possessed leaders with initiative and an understanding of the commander's intent succeeded while others failed.’
      • ‘After the alarm was raised on Friday an army bomb disposal squad was called to investigate a suspect package found in the car.’
      • ‘The navy bomb disposal squad from the Ordnance Department was called in to remove the threat.’
      • ‘Nimble German infantry mortar squads inflicted 70% of Allied casualties during the Battle of Normandy.’
      • ‘After more than 20 years in uniform, I am convinced that half the battle is letting your squads and platoons fight.’
      • ‘The 1943 company had three infantry platoons, each with three rifle squads, a light machine gun squad, and a 60 mm mortar squad.’
      • ‘It is our tank sections and infantry squads that invariably make contact with hostile forces, not companies or battalions.’
      • ‘The women are not walking point or leading infantry squads in the assault, but their secondary role is no less important to the success or failure of a mission here.’
      • ‘A cordon was put in place and the army bomb disposal squad carried out a controlled explosion.’
      • ‘The marines are beginning to train their infantry squads to operate more independently.’
      • ‘When I was a company commander, my company had nine ten-man sapper squads.’
      • ‘Operated by a crew of three, the vehicle can carry a squad of seven infantry troops.’
      • ‘He was in charge of an engineer demolition squad attached to an infantry company which was committed to dislodge the enemy from a vital hill.’
      • ‘We came up with the Men of Valor concept as a set of games that would focus on authentic portrayals of infantry squads in armed conflicts.’
      • ‘Two or more squads make up a platoon, which usually has 16 to 44 soldiers and is led by a lieutenant.’
      • ‘You barely know where you are, much less where your three platoons and associated infantry squads are located.’
      detachment, detail, platoon, battery, troop, patrol, squadron, cadre, commando
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    2. 1.2 A group of sports players from which a team is chosen.
      ‘Ireland's World Cup squad’
      • ‘His argument was that relegation created financial uncertainty, resulting in teams not being able to build for the future, both in terms of facilities and squads, as stability was not a guarantee.’
      • ‘England put a lot of time into selecting their various tour squads this week but they may still have missed a trick by not including Yorkshire captain Anthony McGrath in the Test party for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.’
      • ‘If that is the case I would be more than ready to include one or more new players in the squad.’
      • ‘With so many new players in the squad Reynolds sees this short tour as essential in the build up to the coming season.’
      • ‘He is so enthusiastic about the game and that enthusiasm tends to rub off on all the players in the squad.’
      • ‘We have assembled a squad of players I believe will be able to do very well in Australia.’
      • ‘England will also name a one-day squad to play a five-match series after the Tests.’
      • ‘Seven Manchester United players have been called into the England squad for the friendly against Holland.’
      • ‘Mark Hughes has done a terrific job and it's easy to see why he has the respect of all the players on the squad.’
      • ‘I do feel more responsible as we have a lot of young players in our squad and you have to lead by example.’
      • ‘We have some quality players in our squad who will not be afraid of the big games having played in England and throughout Europe.’
      • ‘Noble has spoken to every player in the squad to explain what is expected of them.’
      • ‘Qualifying for the World Championship is a dream for any national squad in any sport.’
      • ‘A veteran himself at 35 Wayne could prove to be a valuable addition to the club and a possible for the first team squad.’
      • ‘He has added three or four players to the squad and it has made a big difference to us.’
      • ‘Sertori admitted a virtually injury-free squad had helped City stretch their unbeaten run to six games.’
      • ‘McGeechan will name his World Cup squad on Tuesday and no-one can envy his task over the next two days.’
      • ‘We have a lot of young players in the squad who will be better by the time the European Championships come round.’
      • ‘The British Olympic trials in 2000 only earned him a place in a relay squad, with no guarantee of a swim.’
      • ‘Apart from this, South Africa has named a full-strength squad to take on the Zimbabweans.’
    3. 1.3 A division of a police force dealing with a particular type of crime.
      ‘the vice squad’
      • ‘They also met Harare police's homicide squad, who handed over a copy of their murder file.’
      • ‘The refineries at Barrancabermeja and Cartagena are surrounded by police riot squads and military units.’
      • ‘He was a detective in the old Serious Crime and Murder squads.’
      • ‘Violent clashes took place between riot squads and protesting police officers that had blocked the entrance to Greece's finance ministry.’
      • ‘This retreat was followed by the calling in of mounted police and black-suited riot squads to attack demonstrators with batons and pepper spray.’
      • ‘After nine years in Swindon on the regional crime squad, he moved to Chippenham in 1980.’
      • ‘Over the next three hours, squads of military police armed with submachine guns and bullet-proof vests and helmets arrived outside the supermarket.’
      • ‘After being arrested they were both questioned by the island's serious crime squad then released on police bail.’
      • ‘Chris Henderson's squad of undercover narcotics officers was finding the going tough.’
      • ‘They were both members of the homicide squad in the Dallas Police Department.’
      • ‘But we already have a national criminal intelligence service and a national crime squad.’
      • ‘Police deployed riot squads and opened fire on the protesters with water cannons.’
      • ‘Sam said the crime squad had promised to donate half the total to charity.’
      • ‘It is used by all 48 UK police forces as well as Customs and Excise, Interpol and serious crime squads across Europe and the US.’
      • ‘The police's stolen vehicle squad was present to examine the chassis numbers of suspect motors.’
      • ‘Police search squads were also continuing their examination of Allington Lane where her body was found.’
      • ‘The violence came after a group of protesters marching with about 3,000 demonstrators threw petrol bombs and red paint at riot squads, injuring one police officer.’
      • ‘The FBI has computer crime squads in all the major metropolitan areas in the United States.’
      • ‘Police Forensics squads are dusting the area for fingerprints.’
      • ‘The government will allocate a total of $1.3 billion over five years for police, anti-terrorism squads and security intelligence services.’
    4. 1.4informal A person's circle of close friends.
      ‘the 39-year-old actress and her squad snapped some pics together after the show’
      group, set, ring, company, body, coterie, clique
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Mid 17th century: shortening of French escouade, variant of escadre, from Italian squadra ‘square’.