squad

Definitions

  • THE AWKWARD SQUAD
    THE AWKWARD SQUAD
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n squad a small squad of policemen trained to deal with a particular kind of crime
    • n squad a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
    • n squad a smallest army unit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "honcho" comes from a Japanese word meaning "squad leader" and first came into usage in the English language during the American occupation of Japan following World War II.
    • Squad (Mil) A small party of men assembled for drill, inspection, or other purposes.
    • Squad Hence, any small party.
    • n Squad Sloppy mud.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In San Salvador, drunk drivers can be punished by death before a firing squad.
    • n squad Milit., any small number of men assembled, as for drill, inspection, or duty.
    • n squad Any small party or group of persons: as, a squad of navvies; a set of people in general: usually somewhat contemptuous.
    • squad To draw up in a squad.
    • n squad Soft, slimy mud.
    • n squad In mining, loose ore of tin mixed with earth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: R.C. Gaitlan, 21, walked up to two patrol officers who were showing their squad car computer felon-location equipment to children in a Detroit neighborhood. When he asked how the system worked, the officer asked him for identification. Gaitlan gave them his drivers license, they entered it into the computer, and moments later they arrested Gaitlan because information on the screen showed Gaitlan was wanted for a two-year-old armed robbery in St. Louis, Missouri.
    • n Squad skwod a small body of men assembled for drill, any small group or company of men
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Quotations

  • Channing Pollock
    Channing Pollock
    “Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.”
  • Eldridge Cleaver
    Eldridge Cleaver
    “Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. escouade, fr. Sp. escuadra, or It. squadra, (assumed) LL. exquadrare, to square; L. ex + quadra, a square. See Square
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. esquadre—It. squadra, and L. exquadrāre, to make square.

Usage

In literature:

The officer blew a whistle and a squad of soldiers filed in.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
These are removed by the burying squad, and sent home as announcers of the decease.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
Then the flag took another fall, and off went another squad of horses, and around the hill they went out of sight.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
His telephone call brought a squad of his comrades.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
How about joining that squad?
"The Camerons of Highboro" by Beth B. Gilchrist
I saw a squad, caught in the beam of an Eastern ray-projector, destroyed.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
Squad after squad, the drowsy Imperialists moved off, letting the strangers relieve them.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The hulking figure of the puddler could be seen picking out his men; he had three set off in a squad.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
The door swung open and Jackson entered with his squad of U.B.I.
"A World by the Tale" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Sometimes a squad would run forward fifty feet and drop.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
Scattered in squads among the dips and hollows, the Indians uttered never a sound.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
Captain John Hall and squad were returning in a canoe bearing the body of Gilmore.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Outside yonder a squad of men is tearing in pieces a twig hut which workmen have built for their tools.
"Our campaign around Gettysburg" by John Lockwood
Squads A and B learned the maze as a whole, squads C and D part by part.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
When Dan entered with the squad, however, Billie was convincingly asleep.
"The Little Regiment" by Stephen Crane
He drew his squad off a little distance to continue the discussion.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
Squads of rebels could be seen running back to the shelter of the fortifications.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
The band led the procession, followed by an honorary firing squad of twenty-one French soldiers.
"Battery E in France" by Frederic R. Kilner
On the north side a squad of cavalry encamped close by.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
Casks of wine were rolled up into the streets, and, where squads gathered together, there were piles of bottles.
"The Black Watch" by Scout Joe Cassells
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In poetry:

A Squad of regular infantry
In the Commune's closing days,
Had captured a crowd of rebels
By the wall of Pere-la-Chaise.
"A Triumph Of Order" by John Hay
Thy flesh to earth, thy soul to God,
We gave, O gallant brother;
And o'er thy grave the awkward squad
Fired into one another!
"General B.F. Butler" by Ambrose Bierce
Now, when the neighboring doctors found
A case so rare had been descried,
They every day her ribs did pound
In squads of twenty; so she died.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
'In and out among the cotton,
Mud, and chains, and stores, and anchors,
Tramped a squad of battered scarecrows -
Poor old Dixie's bottom dollar!
"Romance" by William Ernest Henley
There squads of skate-winged demons lurk,
skirling through everlasting murk
where ruddy flames hold revel.
All is fire and ice by turns,
everything freezes or it burns,
the dead souls —- and the Devil.
"Hell" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
The Mudville squad began to slump, the team was in the air;
Their playing went from bad to worse - nobody seemed to care.
"Back to the woods with Casey!" was the cry from Rooters' Row.
"Get some one who can hit the ball, and let that big dub go!"
"Casey's Revenge" by Henry Grantland Rice

In news:

Circuit City's answer to Best Buy's Geek Squad uses an experienced service provider (PlumChoice).
Best Buy will lay off 2,400 employees, including 600 Geek Squad members.
Geek Squad On the Firing Line .
Will lay off 2,400 employees, including 600 workers in its customer tech support division known as the Geek Squad, according to Bloomberg News.
Four Britons may face firing squad over drug haul (VIDEO).
Four Britons — including a 55-year-old housewife — face death by Indonesian firing squad if convicted over a $2.6 million drug haul in Bali.
Wisconsin Democrats' circular firing squad .
Last Utah firing squad execution occurred in June 2010.
GOP candidates in circular firing squad .
'Kate Plus 8' Series Finale: Kate Gosselin Faces the Firing Squad (Exclusive Video).
Choosing between a ' firing squad ' and 'death by starvation'.
Democrats engage in 'circular firing squad '.
Utah Firing Squad Executes Convicted Killer.
Man charged for drunkenly stealing Purdue Police squad car.
Then there was the Lithuanian squad.
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In science:

The main result of this section is based on the existence of a firing-squad CA with specific properties expressed by Lemma 3.2.
Clandestine Simulations in Cellular Automata
The idea of the construction is the following: given some CA F over alphabet A, we add an extra (firing-squad) component which is able to generate any configuration of AZ arbitrarily far in the future.
Clandestine Simulations in Cellular Automata
Basically, this CA freezes the first component while applying the firing squad on the second component until some firing state appears, which then frees this second component and starts the application of F .
Clandestine Simulations in Cellular Automata
Let S be the firing-squad CA defined in [Kar94].
Clandestine Simulations in Cellular Automata
Mazoyer. A Six-State Minimal Time Solution to the Firing Squad Synchronization Problem.
Partitioned quantum cellular automata are intrinsically universal
N dF (g) = Z [dT (i) d ¯T (i) ] exp −N d/2(cid:16)Squad + S+ + S−(cid:17) Then the amplitude of a connected graph scales like N F − d(d−1) V , where V is the number of vertices.
Coupling of hard dimers to dynamical lattices via random tensors
Dimers also need a quadratic part S dimer quad which is the same as Squad with χ instead of T .
Coupling of hard dimers to dynamical lattices via random tensors
The terms with k = 1 can be seen as corrections to Squad .
Coupling of hard dimers to dynamical lattices via random tensors
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