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Meaning of SQUIB

Pronunciation:  skwib

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  firework consisting of a tube filled with powder (as a broken firecracker) that burns with a fizzing noise

SQUIB is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: firework, pyrotechnics



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Squib\, n. [OE. squippen, swippen, to move swiftky, Icel.
    svipa to swoop, flash, dart, whip; akin to AS. swipian to
    whip, and E. swift, a. See {Swift}, a.]
    1. A little pipe, or hollow cylinder of paper, filled with
       powder or combustible matter, to be thrown into the air
       while burning, so as to burst there with a crack.
             Lampoons, like squibs, may make a present blaze.
             The making and selling of fireworks, and squibs . .
             . is punishable.                      --Blackstone.
    2. (Mining) A kind of slow match or safety fuse.
    3. A sarcastic speech or publication; a petty lampoon; a
       brief, witty essay.
             Who copied his squibs, and re["e]choed his jokes.
    4. A writer of lampoons. [Obs.]
             The squibs are those who in the common phrase of the
             world are called libelers, lampooners, and
             pamphleteers.                         --Tatler.
    5. A paltry fellow. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  2. \Squib\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Squibbed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To throw squibs; to utter sarcatic or severe reflections; to
    contend in petty dispute; as, to squib a little debate.