Definition of squad in US English:



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

    ‘an assassination squad’
    • ‘After a night of no sleep and mopping the flat, I had a delightful day of dealing with various squads of plumbers.’
    • ‘During the course of this morning a squad of cleaners will be sent in to make the place spotless.’
    • ‘These paramilitary squads might engage in assassinations or kidnappings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We notified the local fire departments and emergency squads to form search parties.’
    • ‘They are spending an estimated £ 2,700 a day on a squad of translators because so many construction workers do not speak English.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These meals are made possible by the generosity of a squad of volunteer cooks.’
    • ‘It was manned by seven St John Ambulance first-aiders working closely with a squad of uniformed police.’
    • ‘There were two loud thumps on the door, and then it burst open, revealing a squad of five policemen.’
    • ‘Remind her that try-outs for next year's cheerleading squad are this month.’
    • ‘Alison had even joined the cheerleading squad to get him to notice her.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 some special task, especially an infantry unit forming part of a platoon.
      • ‘The marines are beginning to train their infantry squads to operate more independently.’
      • ‘The 1943 company had three infantry platoons, each with three rifle squads, a light machine gun squad, and a 60 mm mortar squad.’
      • ‘Two or more squads make up a platoon, which usually has 16 to 44 soldiers and is led by a lieutenant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The navy bomb disposal squad from the Ordnance Department was called in to remove the threat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When I was a company commander, my company had nine ten-man sapper squads.’
      • ‘Those squads and platoons that possessed leaders with initiative and an understanding of the commander's intent succeeded while others failed.’
      • ‘A cordon was put in place and the army bomb disposal squad carried out a controlled explosion.’
      • ‘Do squads or platoons composed solely of contract soldiers perform better than conscripts?’
      • ‘You barely know where you are, much less where your three platoons and associated infantry squads are located.’
      • ‘The army's bomb disposal squad, based in Liverpool, was sent to the hotel.’
      • ‘After the alarm was raised on Friday an army bomb disposal squad was called to investigate a suspect package found in the car.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is our tank sections and infantry squads that invariably make contact with hostile forces, not companies or battalions.’
      • ‘Operated by a crew of three, the vehicle can carry a squad of seven infantry troops.’
      detachment, detail, platoon, battery, troop, patrol, squadron, cadre, commando
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    2. 1.2 A group of sports players or competitors from which a team is chosen.
      ‘eleven first-string players on the Nebraska squad’
      • ‘Seven Manchester United players have been called into the England squad for the friendly against Holland.’
      • ‘We have assembled a squad of players I believe will be able to do very well in Australia.’
      • ‘The British Olympic trials in 2000 only earned him a place in a relay squad, with no guarantee of a swim.’
      • ‘He has added three or four players to the squad and it has made a big difference to us.’
      • ‘If that is the case I would be more than ready to include one or more new players in the squad.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Qualifying for the World Championship is a dream for any national squad in any sport.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 will also name a one-day squad to play a five-match series after the Tests.’
      • ‘With so many new players in the squad Reynolds sees this short tour as essential in the build up to the coming season.’
      • ‘Apart from this, South Africa has named a full-strength squad to take on the Zimbabweans.’
      • ‘Sertori admitted a virtually injury-free squad had helped City stretch their unbeaten run to six games.’
      • ‘A veteran himself at 35 Wayne could prove to be a valuable addition to the club and a possible for the first team squad.’
      • ‘McGeechan will name his World Cup squad on Tuesday and no-one can envy his task over the next two days.’
      • ‘He is so enthusiastic about the game and that enthusiasm tends to rub off on all the players in the squad.’
      • ‘Noble has spoken to every player in the squad to explain what is expected of them.’
      • ‘We have some quality players in our squad who will not be afraid of the big games having played in England and throughout Europe.’
      • ‘We have a lot of young players in the squad who will be better by the time the European Championships come round.’
    3. 1.3 A division of a police force dealing with a particular type of crime.
      ‘the vice squad’
      • ‘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 FBI has computer crime squads in all the major metropolitan areas in the United States.’
      • ‘Police search squads were also continuing their examination of Allington Lane where her body was found.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They also met Harare police's homicide squad, who handed over a copy of their murder file.’
      • ‘Sam said the crime squad had promised to donate half the total to charity.’
      • ‘Police Forensics squads are dusting the area for fingerprints.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After being arrested they were both questioned by the island's serious crime squad then released on police bail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Police deployed riot squads and opened fire on the protesters with water cannons.’
      • ‘This retreat was followed by the calling in of mounted police and black-suited riot squads to attack demonstrators with batons and pepper spray.’
      • ‘Violent clashes took place between riot squads and protesting police officers that had blocked the entrance to Greece's finance ministry.’
      • ‘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 government will allocate a total of $1.3 billion over five years for police, anti-terrorism squads and security intelligence services.’
      • ‘The police's stolen vehicle squad was present to examine the chassis numbers of suspect motors.’
      • ‘But we already have a national criminal intelligence service and a national crime squad.’
    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’.