Definition of Squadron

1. Noun. A cavalry unit consisting of two or more troops and headquarters and supporting arms.

Generic synonyms: Cavalry

2. Noun. An air force unit larger than a flight and smaller than a group.
Generic synonyms: Air Unit
Group relationships: Wing
Specialized synonyms: Escadrille

3. Noun. A naval unit that is detached from the fleet for a particular task.
Generic synonyms: Naval Unit
Specialized synonyms: Escadrille

Definition of Squadron

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

Definition of Squadron

1. Noun. (obsolete) Primarily, a square; hence, a square body of troops; a body of troops drawn up in a square. ¹

2. Noun. (military army) A body of cavalry comprising two companies or troops, and averaging from one hundred and twenty to two hundred soldiers. ¹

3. Noun. (military navy) A detachment of vessels employed on any particular service or station, under the command of the senior officer; as, the North Atlantic Squadron. ¹

4. Noun. (military air force) A tactical air force unit; consists of at least two flights; multiple squadrons make up a group. ¹

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Definition of Squadron

1. to arrange in squadrons (units of military organization) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Squadron

squad automatic weapon
squad automatic weapons
squad car
squad room
squadron (current term)

Literary usage of Squadron

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publications by Mississippi Historical Society (1918)
"THE NOXUBEE squadron OF THE FIRST MISSISSIPPI CAVALRY, CSA, 1861-1865. BY JG DEUPREE. PROLEGOMENA. It is the purpose of this writer briefly to sketch the ..."

2. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1895)
"It is to be hoped that this will not be the last cruise of the Training squadron which, while instructive for officers and men, will also be of interest to ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Commodore Schley thus left that evening with his squadron making, however, such slow progress that he was not off Santiago ..."

4. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"squadron by squadron o'er this path they stream'd Apollo leading still, and rearing high The priceless ^Egis ; and he strew'd to earth The rampart with all ..."

5. Messages of the President of the United States, with the Correspondence by Zachary Taylor, United States War Dept, Winfield Scott, Nicholas Philip Trist (1848)
"Commodore DAVID CONNOR, Commanding US naval forces in the Gulf of Mexico. List of officers ordered for duty, in the home squadron, since the 18th November, ..."

6. Chronological History of the West Indies by Thomas Southey (1827)
"Their lordships will have been made acquainted already by my former letters with a detail of the proceedings of the squadron, placed under Captain ..."

7. United States Statutes at Large: Containing the Laws and Concurrent by United States (1850)
"Perry, and through him to the officers, petty officers, seamen, marines, and infantry serving as such, attached to the squadron under his command, ..."

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