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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Squadron \Squad"ron\ (skw[o^]d"r[u^]n), noun [F. escadron, formerly also esquadron, Sp. escuadron, or It. squadrone. See {Squad}.]

1. Primarily, a square; hence, a square body of troops; a body of troops drawn up in a square. [R.]

Those half-rounding quards Just met, and, closing, stood in squadron joined. --Milton.

2. (Mil.) A body of cavalry comprising two companies or troops, and averaging from one hundred and twenty to two hundred men.

3. (Naut.) A detachment of vessels employed on any particular service or station, under the command of the senior officer; as, the North Atlantic Squadron. --Totten.

{Flying squadron}, a squadron of observation or practice, that cruises rapidly about from place to place. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

squadron

noun

1: a cavalry unit consisting of two or more troops and headquarters and supporting arms

2: an air force unit larger than a flight and smaller than a group

3: a naval unit that is detached from the fleet for a particular task


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