squadron definition by Webster's New World
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- a group of warships, usually of the same type, assigned to some special duty; specif., a naval unit consisting of two or more divisions
- a unit of armored cavalry composed of from two to four troops, a headquarters, and auxiliary units
- a military flight formation
- the basic tactical and administrative air-force unit, smaller than an air group and larger than a flight
- a large or organized group
Origin: Italian squadrone ; from squadra, a square, feminine of quadrus, square
squadron definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A naval unit consisting of two or more divisions of a fleet.
- An armored cavalry unit subordinate to a regiment and consisting of two or more troops.
- A cavalry or armored unit of a European army, corresponding to a company.
- A basic tactical air force unit, subordinate to a group and consisting of two or more flights.
- A multitude or horde: “Squadrons of flies like particles of dust danced up and down” (T.E. Lawrence).
Origin: Italian squadrone, augmentative of squadra, squad; see squad.