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meanings of squib


  1. A short article, often published in journals, that introduces theoretically problematic empirical data or discusses an overlooked theoretical problem. In contrast to a typical article, a squib need not answer the questions that it poses.
  2. A similar device used to ignite an explosive or launch a rocket, etc.
  3. A writer of lampoons.
  4. A malfunction in which the fired projectile does not have enough force behind it to exit the barrel, and thus becomes stuck.
  5. A sketched concept or visual solution, usually very quick and not too detailed.
  6. A small firework that is intended to spew sparks rather than explode.
  7. A short piece of witty writing; a lampoon.
  8. A kind of slow match or safety fuse.
  9. An unimportant, paltry, or mean-spirited person or thing.
  10. In a legal casebook, a short summary of a legal action placed between more extensively quoted cases.
  11. Any small firecracker sold to the general public, usually in special clusters designed to explode in series after a single master fuse is lit.
  12. In special effects, a small explosive used to replicate a bullet hitting a surface.
  13. The heating element used to set off the sodium azide pellets in a vehicle's airbag.


  1. To throw squibs; to utter sarcastic or severe reflections; to contend in petty dispute.
  2. To make a sound like a small explosion.

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