Squad"ron (?), n. [F. escadron, formerly also esquadron, or It. squadrone. See Squad.]


Primarily, a square; hence, a square body of troops; a body of troops drawn up in a square.


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

2. Mil.

A body of cavarly comparising two companies or troops, and averging 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.


Flying squadron, a squadron of observation or practice, that cruises rapidly about from place to place.

Ham. Nav. Encyc.


© Webster 1913.

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