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Princeton's WordNet

  1. squibnoun

    firework consisting of a tube filled with powder (as a broken firecracker) that burns with a fizzing noise

Wiktionary

  1. squibnoun

    A small firework that is intended to spew sparks rather than explode.

    English Navy squibs set fire to two dozen enemy ships in a Dutch harbor during the 16th century battle against the Spanish Armada.

  2. squibnoun

    A similar device used to ignite an explosive or launch a rocket, etc.

  3. squibnoun

    Any small firecracker sold to the general public. Usually available in special clusters designed to explode in series after a single master fuze is lit.

  4. squibnoun

    The heating element used to set off the sodium azide pellets in a vehicle's airbag.

  5. squibnoun

    A small explosive used to replicate a bullet hitting a surface.

  6. squibnoun

    A short piece of witty writing; a lampoon.

  7. squibnoun

    In a legal casebook, a short summary of a legal action placed between more fully cited cases.

  8. squibnoun

    A short article, often published in journals, that introduces empirical data problematic to linguistic theory or discusses an overlooked theoretical problem. In contrast to a typical linguistic article, a squib need not answer the questions that it poses.

  9. squibnoun

    An unimportant, paltry, or mean-spirited person.

  10. squibverb

    To make a sound such as a small explosion.

    A Snider squibbed in the jungle.

  11. squibverb

    To throw squibs; to utter sarcastic or severe reflections; to contend in petty dispute.

    to squib a little debate

Webster Dictionary

  1. Squibadjective

    a little pipe, or hollow cylinder of paper, filled with powder or combustible matter, to be thrown into the air while burning, so as to burst there with a crack

    Etymology: [OE. squippen, swippen, to move swiftly, Icel. svipa to swoop, flash, dart, whip; akin to AS. swipian to whip, and E. swift, a. See Swift, a.]

  2. Squibadjective

    a kind of slow match or safety fuse

    Etymology: [OE. squippen, swippen, to move swiftly, Icel. svipa to swoop, flash, dart, whip; akin to AS. swipian to whip, and E. swift, a. See Swift, a.]

  3. Squibadjective

    a sarcastic speech or publication; a petty lampoon; a brief, witty essay

    Etymology: [OE. squippen, swippen, to move swiftly, Icel. svipa to swoop, flash, dart, whip; akin to AS. swipian to whip, and E. swift, a. See Swift, a.]

  4. Squibadjective

    a writer of lampoons

    Etymology: [OE. squippen, swippen, to move swiftly, Icel. svipa to swoop, flash, dart, whip; akin to AS. swipian to whip, and E. swift, a. See Swift, a.]

  5. Squibadjective

    a paltry fellow

    Etymology: [OE. squippen, swippen, to move swiftly, Icel. svipa to swoop, flash, dart, whip; akin to AS. swipian to whip, and E. swift, a. See Swift, a.]

  6. Squibverb

    to throw squibs; to utter sarcatic or severe reflections; to contend in petty dispute; as, to squib a little debate

    Etymology: [OE. squippen, swippen, to move swiftly, Icel. svipa to swoop, flash, dart, whip; akin to AS. swipian to whip, and E. swift, a. See Swift, a.]

Freebase

  1. Squib

    A squib is a miniature explosive device used in a wide range of industries, from special effects to military applications. It resembles a tiny stick of dynamite, both in appearance and construction, although with considerably less explosive power. Squibs consist of two electrical leads which are separated by a plug of insulating material, a small bridge wire or electrical resistance heater, and a bead of heat-sensitive chemical composition in which the bridge wire is embedded. Squibs can be used for generating mechanical force, or to provide pyrotechnic effects for both film and live theatrics. Squibs can be used for shattering or propelling a variety of materials. A squib generally consists of a small tube filled with an explosive substance, with a detonator running through the length of its core, similar to a stick of dynamite. Also similar to dynamite, the detonator can be a slow-burning fuse, or as is more common today, a wire connected to a remote electronic trigger. Squibs range in size, anywhere from 2 to 15 millimeters in diameter. In the North American film industry, the term squib is often used to refer variously to: electric matches and detonators. Squibs are generally the main explosive element in an effect, and as such are regularly used as “bullet hits”.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Squib

    skwib, n. a paper tube filled with combustibles, thrown up into the air burning and bursting: a petty lampoon.—v.t. to aim squibs at: to lampoon.—v.i. to write lampoons: to use squibs: to sound like a squib exploding. [Scand.; Ice. svipa, to flash.]

Editors Contribution

  1. squib

    In football, a kickoff where the ball is kicked low or along the ground for a relatively short distance down the field

    Submitted by anonymous on December 3, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of squib in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of squib in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of squib in a Sentence

  1. Ashiish Binaani:

    All these media buzz around Great Bonanza Indian Festival by eCommerce companies for the last many days have turned out to be as usual a damb squib i.e a big disappointment for consumers as no benefit or no real discount price seen

  2. Terry Torrison:

    The ECB and OPEC meetings could prove to be a damp squib, which may result in markets drifting a bit lower.

  3. Devesh Mamtani:

    The sanctions on Iran have turned out to be a damp squib for the time being with the Trump administration granting exemptions, the exemptions have even surprised Saudi Arabia as oil supplies from Iran are likely to spike in the coming days.

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