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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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  • I think, Mr. Wallingford,” said Mr. squinch, “I think that we will accept your offer of two shares of stock each for our list.

    Young Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • Business was business with Mr. squinch, and social calls should be discouraged.

    Young Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • The old fellow is very superstitious and firmly believes that the "squinch" owl's note is a "sho sign o' death."

  • To him Mr. squinch made his first observation, and it was almost with a snarl.

    Young Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • No,” announced Mr. squinch, placing his finger-tips ecstatically together, “your plan is not a lottery.

    Young Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • After thet, hit got so't every time they heerd a squinch owl holler, they'd begin a-shootin' into the bresh with their rifle guns.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • Mr. Turner, Mr. squinch and Mr. Fester looked at one another in turn.

    Young Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • So they blinks an' winks like a passel of squinch owls, but never onbuckles in no argyooment.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Mr. squinch, over his tightly pressed finger-tips, did a little rapid figuring.

    Young Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • A squinch thrown across an arcade may be conjectured for strength were it not confuted by two buttresses on the outside.

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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