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[skwee-jee, skwee-jee] /ˈskwi dʒi, skwiˈdʒi/
an implement edged with rubber or the like, for removing water from windows after washing, sweeping water from wet decks, etc.
a similar and smaller device, as for removing excess water from photographic negatives or prints or for forcing paint, ink, etc., through a porous surface, as in serigraphy.
verb (used with object), squeegeed, squeegeeing.
to sweep, scrape, or press with or as if with a squeegee.
to force (paint, ink, etc.) through a screen in making a silk-screen print.
Origin of squeegee
1835-45; originally a nautical term; of obscure origin Unabridged
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  • If you miss, your screen becomes obscured with fruit pulp, although you have a limited-use squeegee with which to clear it away.
  • Use a padded squeegee handle that conforms to the shape of the hand, and widens the grip diameter.
  • Strike-off the sealant flush with the pavement surface using a squeegee or sealing shoe pressed firmly against the pavement.
  • To reduce dragout from the graphite tank, the facility increased the tension of the squeegee rollers.
  • Shovel out any mud and remove water quickly with a mop, squeegee, water-rated pump or wet vacuum.
  • When wet spots occur, finishing operations should be delayed until the water either disappears or is removed with a squeegee.
  • Use squeegee rolls in continuous or reel-to-reel plating tanks.
  • Ability to learn to operate a variety of hand tools and power equipment such as a putty knife, squeegee, floor machine and vacuum.
  • Where tanks can be cleaned manually, use a wiper or squeegee rather than solvents.
  • Mop or squeegee floors where a lot of water is used in cleaning.
British Dictionary definitions for squeegee


an implement with a rubber blade used for wiping away surplus water from a surface, such as a windowpane
any of various similar devices used in photography for pressing the water out of wet prints or negatives or for squeezing prints onto a glazing surface
verb -gees, -geeing, -geed
to remove (water or other liquid) from (something) by use of a squeegee
(transitive) to press down (a photographic print, etc) with a squeegee
Word Origin
C19: probably of imitative origin, influenced by squeeze
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Word Origin and History for squeegee

"wooden scraping instrument with a rubber blade," 1844, a nautical word, perhaps from squeege "to press" (1782), an alteration of squeeze.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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