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ˈskwɒd rənsquadron

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. squadronnoun

    a cavalry unit consisting of two or more troops and headquarters and supporting arms

  2. squadronnoun

    an air force unit larger than a flight and smaller than a group

  3. squadronnoun

    a naval unit that is detached from the fleet for a particular task


  1. squadronnoun

    Primarily, a square; hence, a square body of troops; a body of troops drawn up in a square.

    "Those half-rounding quards Just met, and, closing, stood in squadron joined." -Milton.

  2. squadronnoun

    A body of cavalry comprising two companies or troops, and averaging from one hundred and twenty to two hundred soldiers.

  3. squadronnoun

    A detachment of vessels employed on any particular service or station, under the command of the senior officer; as, the North Atlantic Squadron.

  4. squadronnoun

    A tactical air force unit; consists of at least two flights; multiple squadrons make up a group.

  5. Etymology: escadron, formerly also esquadron, or squadrone. See squad.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Etymology: escadron, Fr. squadrone, Italian, from quadratus, Latin.

    Those half rounding guards
    Just met, and closing stood in squadron join’d. John Milton.

    Nothing the Moors were more afraid of, than in a set battle to fight with squadrons coming orderly on. Richard Knolles.

    Then beauteous Atys, with Iulus bred,
    Of equal age, the second squadron led. Dryden.

    Rome could not maintain its dominion over so many provinces, without squadrons ready equipt. Arbuthnot.


  1. squadron

    A squadron is a group or unit of individuals or vehicles typically engaged in a specific kind of activity or operation. It is commonly used to refer to a unit in the military, particularly in naval, air force or army, comprising several aircraft, ships, or other military components under a single commander. The size and composition of a squadron can vary depending on the specific military context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Squadronnoun

    primarily, a square; hence, a square body of troops; a body of troops drawn up in a square

  2. Squadronnoun

    a body of cavarly comparising two companies or troops, and averging from one hundred and twenty to two hundred men

  3. Squadronnoun

    a detachment of vessels employed on any particular service or station, under the command of the senior officer; as, the North Atlantic Squadron

  4. Etymology: [F. escadron, formerly also esquadron, Sp. escuadron, or It. squadrone. See Squad.]


  1. Squadron

    A squadron was historically a cavalry sub unit. The term is still used to refer to modern cavalry units but can also be used as a designation for other arms and services.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. squadron

    1. An organization consisting of two or more divisions of ships, or two or more divisions (Navy) or flights of aircraft. It is normally but not necessarily composed of ships or aircraft of the same type. 2. The basic administrative aviation unit of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. 3. Battalion-sized ground or aviation units in US Army cavalry regiments.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. squadron

    A division of a fleet, as van, centre, and rear squadrons. A flying squadron may be commanded by a rear-admiral, and consist of any class of vessels. Also, a body of cavalry consisting of two troops, or from 80 to 150 men. Squadron is the ordinary unit in reckoning the cavalry force of an army.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. squadron

    In military language, denotes two troops of cavalry. It is the unit by which the force of cavalry with an army is always computed. Three or four squadrons constitute a regiment. The actual strength of a squadron ranges from 120 to 200 sabres.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Squadron' in Nouns Frequency: #2365

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Squadron in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Squadron in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Squadron in a Sentence

  1. Rick Burr:

    Future generations will be reminded of this moment in our military history from the gap in our squadron numbering system.

  2. Defense Ash Carter this week:

    The budget defers the A-10's final retirement until 2022, replacing it with F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on a squadron-by-squadron basis, so we'll always have enough aircraft for today's conflicts.

  3. The Coast Guard:

    A decision to suspend searching without finding survivors is extremely difficult given the depth of its impact. ... Our thoughts and prayers are with Marine Corps helicopter squadron and particularly with families and loved ones of those missing.

  4. Ann Stefanek:

    The commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing at Otis Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts, has suspended the commander of the 102nd Intelligence Support Squadron pending further investigation into the unauthorized disclosure of classified information, additionally, the detachment commander overseeing administrative support for Airmen at the unit mobilized for duty under Title 10 USC has also been suspended.

  5. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    As 2022 approaches, A-10s will be replaced by F-35s only on a squadron-by-squadron basis as they come online, ensuring that all units have sufficient backfill and that we retain enough aircraft needed to fight today's conflicts.

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