squinching

squinch

2 [skwinch]
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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squinch (skwɪntʃ)
 
n
Also called: squinch arch a small arch, corbelling, etc, across an internal corner of a tower, used to support a superstructure such as a spire
 
[C15: from obsolete scunch, from Middle English sconcheon, from Old French escoinson, from es-ex-1 + coin corner]

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