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squinch1

[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 of squinch1
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

squiggle

noun

The tilde, a sinuous diacritical mark (1980s+ Computer)


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