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[skwinch] /skwɪntʃ/
noun, Architecture
1.
a small arch, corbeling, or the like, built across the interior angle between two walls, as in a square tower for supporting the side of a superimposed octagonal spire.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; variant of scunch, short for scuncheon, Middle English sconch(e)on < Middle French escoinson, esconchon; see sconcheon

squinch2

[skwinch] /skwɪntʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to contort (the features) or squint.
2.
to squeeze together or contract.
verb (used without object)
3.
to squeeze together or crouch down, as to fit into a smaller space.
Origin
1830-40; origin uncertain; cf. squint
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British Dictionary definitions for squinch

squinch

/skwɪntʃ/
noun
1.
a small arch, corbelling, etc, across an internal corner of a tower, used to support a superstructure such as a spire Also called squinch arch
Word Origin
C15: from obsolete scunch, from Middle English sconcheon, from Old French escoinson, from es-ex-1 + coin corner
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Word Origin and History for squinch
v.

1840, of faces. Related: Squinched; squinching.

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Slang definitions & phrases for squinch

squinch

verb

To distort the face; squint: The eyes are squinched with innocence and glint (1840+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for squinch

in architecture, any of several devices by which a square or polygonal room has its upper corners filled in to form a support for a dome: by corbelling out the courses of masonry, each course projecting slightly beyond the one below; by building one or more arches diagonally across the corner; by building in the corner a niche with a half dome at its head; or by filling the corner with a little conical vault that has an arch on its outer diagonal face and its apex in the corner

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