squib n : firework consisting of a tube filled with powder (as a broken firecracker) that burns with a fizzing noise [also: squibbing, squibbed]
EtymologyPossibly imitative of a small explosion. (if you pronounce the 'q' somewhat heavily, almost more like a 'k').
- Rhymes with: -ɪb
- A small firework that burns with a fizzing noise.
- A similar device used to ignite a rocket etc.
- (Film special effects) A small explosive used to replicate a bullet hitting a surface.
- A short piece of witty writing; a lampoon.
- In a legal casebook, a short summary of a case placed between more fully cited cases.
- An unimportant, paltry, or mean-spirited person.
Usage notesIn the Harry Potter series, author J. K. Rowling uses squib to mean a child of someone magical who doesn’t have magical powers.
- Finnish: sähikäinen
- German: Knallfrosch
device used to ignite a rocket
short piece of witty writing
short summary of a case
unimportant, paltry, or mean-spirited person
Translations to be checked
make a sound such as a small explosion
- Dutch: ploffen
Squib may refer to:
- squib (explosive), a small explosive
- squib load, a firearms malfunction in which a bullet becomes lodged in the barrel
- squib (linguistics), a short article that is intended to ignite thinking and discourse
- squib sailboat, a small sailboat
- Squib (weblog), a free, open source, weblog publishing application written in Ruby programming language
- Squib (program), a computer message board system
- Squib (Harry Potter), a magically-impaired member of a wizarding family in Harry Potter
- Squib, an alien race in Star Wars
- Squib kick, a technique applied to American football kickoffs
- West Country Carnival, also known as squibbing, a tradition of the West Country Carnival in Bridgwater, where by 140 squib fireworks are held aloft at the end of the procession
- squib (Australian Slang), an action lacking in courage
squib in German: Squib
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