Definition of Squib

1. Noun. Firework consisting of a tube filled with powder (as a broken firecracker) that burns with a fizzing noise.

Generic synonyms: Firework, Pyrotechnic



Definition of Squib

1. n. 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.

2. v. i. To throw squibs; to utter sarcastic or severe reflections; to contend in petty dispute; as, to squib a little debate.

Definition of Squib

1. Noun. (military) A small firework that is intended to spew sparks rather than explode. ¹

2. Noun. A similar device used to ignite an explosive or launch a rocket, etc. ¹

3. Noun. (American English) 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. ¹

4. Noun. (automotive) The heating element used to set off the sodium azide pellets in a vehicle's airbag. ¹

5. Noun. (context: cinema or theater special effects) A small explosive used to replicate a bullet hitting a surface. ¹

6. Noun. (dated) A short piece of witty writing; a lampoon. ¹

7. Noun. (legal) In a legal casebook, a short summary of a legal action placed between more fully cited cases. ¹

8. Noun. (linguistics) 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. ¹

9. Noun. (archaic) An unimportant, paltry, or mean-spirited person. ¹

10. Verb. To make a sound such as a small explosion. ¹

11. Verb. (colloquial dated) To throw squibs; to utter sarcastic or severe reflections; to contend in petty dispute. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Squib

1. to lampoon [v SQUIBBED, SQUIBBING, SQUIBS] - See also: lampoon

Medical Definition of Squib

1. 1. 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. "Lampoons, like squibs, may make a present blaze." (Waller) "The making and selling of fireworks, and squibs . . . Is punishable." (Blackstone) 2. A kind of slow match or safety fuse. 3. A sarcastic speech or publication; a petty lampoon; a brief, witty essay. "Who copied his squibs, and reechoed his jokes." (Goldsmith) 4. A writer of lampoons. "The squibs are those who in the common phrase of the world are called libelers, lampooners, and pamphleteers." (Tatler) 5. A paltry fellow. Origin: OE. Squippen, swippen, to move swiftky, Icel. Svipa to swoop, flash, dart, whip; akin to AS. Swipian to whip, and E. Swift, a. See Swift. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Squib

squelch
squelch circuit
squelched
squelcher
squelchers
squelches
squelchier
squelchiest
squelchiness
squelching
squelchingly
squelchy
squeteague
squeteagues
squewiff
squib (current term)
squib kick
squib kicks
squibbed
squibber
squibbers
squibbing
squibs
squick
squickage
squicked
squickier
squickiest
squickiness
squicking

Literary usage of Squib

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

1. The British Drama: Comprehending the Best Plays in the English Language (1804)
"squib. And you are sure this was worked off One of the first ? squib. ... squib. By that means, I shall be earliest to treat two or three great men that I ..."

2. The Modern British Drama: In Five Volumes by Sir Walter Scott, Walter Scott (1811)
"squib. And .you were sure this was worked ofi one of the first. Boy. ... squib. By that means, I shall be earliest to treu iwo or or three great ..."

3. The British Drama: Comprehending the Best Plays in the English Language by Sir Walter Scott, Walter Scott (1804)
"squib. There you see her stretched along on a pallet; you may know she is Britannia, ... squib: And you are sure this was worked off ooc of the iii-.il ? ..."

4. Petroleum Production Methods by John R. Suman (1921)
"The jack squib and bumper squib are suitable for use in open hole where ... The jack squib is a tinned tube about \l/2 inches in diameter and 3 feet long. ..."

5. Editorials and Editorial-writing by Robert Wilson Neal (1921)
"squib than humor merely, no particular form or method can be suggested for it. ... In practice, however, it is the effect of the squib, and not its ..."

6. Coal Mining Described and Illustrated by Thomas H. Walton (1885)
"The hole is then ready to receive the squib and be fired. The squib (Fig. 5) is made of a piece of straw or a cylinder of paper filled ..."

7. Mine Accidents and Their Prevention: Illustrated by 200 Pictures Taken in by John Huffman Dague, 1881-, John Huffman Dague, Samuel J. Phillips, 1872-, Samuel J. Phillips (1912)
"Now he takes a squib out of the box. He sits down and shortens the squib. ... The miner puts the squib in a dry place while he tamps the hole. ..."

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