Squabash to Square
(Squa*bash") v. t. To crush; to quash; to squash. [Colloq. or Slang, Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
(Squab"bish) a. Thick; fat; heavy.
(Squab"ble) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Squabbled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Squabbling ] [Cf. dial. Sw.
skvabbel a dispute, skvappa to chide.]
1. To contend for superiority in an unseemly maner; to scuffle; to struggle; to wrangle; to quarrel.
2. To debate peevishly; to dispute.
The sense of these propositions is very plain, though logicians might squabble a whole day whether
they should rank them under negative or affirmative.I. Watts.
Syn. To dispute; contend; scuffle; wrangle; quarrel; struggle.
(Squab"ble), v. t. (Print.) To disarrange, so that the letters or lines stand awry or are mixed
and need careful readjustment; said of type that has been set up.
(Squab"ble), n. A scuffle; a wrangle; a brawl.
(Squab"bler) n. One who squabbles; a contentious person; a brawler.
(Squab"by) a. Short and thick; suqabbish.
(Squab"-chick`) n. (Zoöl.) A young chicken before it is fully fledged. [Prov. Eng.]
(Squac"co) n.; pl. Squaccos (Zoöl.) A heron (Ardea comata) found in Asia, Northern Africa,
and Southern Europe.
(Squad) n. [F. escouade, fr. Sp. escuadra, or It. squadra, (assumed) LL. exquadrare to square; L.
ex + quadra a square. See Square.]
1. (Mil.) A small party of men assembled for drill, inspection, or other purposes.
2. Hence, any small party.
(Squad), n. Sloppy mud. [Prov. Eng.] Tennyson.
(Squad"ron) n. [F. escadron, formerly also esquadron, 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 quardsMilton.
Just met, and, closing, stood in squadron joined.
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. Totten.
Flying squadron, a squadron of observation or practice, that cruises rapidly about from place to place.
Ham. Nav. Encyc.
(Squad"roned) a. Formed into squadrons, or squares. [R.] Milton.