Squib meaning

skwĭb
(football) A squib kick.
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To write or utter squibs.
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To write or utter squibs against; lampoon.
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(football) To kick (the ball) low on a kickoff so that it bounces along the ground.
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A type of firecracker that burns with a hissing, spurting noise before exploding.
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A short, sharp, usually witty attack in words.
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A short news item; filler.
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To shoot off (a squib)
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(archaic) To write or utter a squib or squibs (against)
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To explode with the sound of a squib.
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(military) 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.

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A similar device used to ignite an explosive or launch a rocket, etc.
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(mining) A kind of slow match or safety fuse.
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(US) 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.
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(automotive) The heating element used to set off the sodium azide pellets in a vehicle's airbag.
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(cinema or theater special effects) A small explosive used to replicate a bullet hitting a surface.
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(dated) A short piece of witty writing; a lampoon.
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(dated) A writer of lampoons.
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(law) In a legal casebook, a short summary of a legal action placed between more extensively quoted cases.
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(academia) A short article, often published in journals, that introduces theoretically problematic empirical data or discusses an overlooked theoretical problem. In contrast to a typical article, a squib need not answer the questions that it poses.
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(archaic) An unimportant, paltry, or mean-spirited person.

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(slang) A sketched concept or visual solution, usually very quick and not too detailed. A word most commonly used within the Graphic Design industry.
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To make a sound such as a small explosion.

A Snider squibbed in the jungle.

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

To squib a little debate.

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Origin of squib

  • Probably imitative

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly imitative of a small explosion.

    From Wiktionary