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squinch 1

A structure, such as a section of vaulting or corbeling, set diagonally across the interior angle between two walls to provide a transition from a square to a polygonal or more nearly circular base on which to construct a dome.

[Alteration of scuncheon, from Middle English sconchon, from Old French escoinson : es-, out of (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + coin, angle, wedge; see coin.]

squinch 2

tr.v. squinched, squinch·ing, squinch·es
To squeeze, twist, or draw together: squinched her eyes shut.

[Alteration of squint.]


(Architecture) 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
[C15: from obsolete scunch, from Middle English sconcheon, from Old French escoinson, from es- ex-1 + coin corner]



a small arch, corbeling, etc., built across the interior angle between two walls, as in a square tower for supporting a superimposed octagonal spire.
[1490–1500; variant of scunch, short for scuncheon < Middle French escoinson, esconchon; see sconcheon]



1. to contort (the features) or squint.
2. to squeeze together or contract.
3. to squeeze together or crouch down, as to fit into a smaller space.
[1830–40; orig. uncertain; compare squint]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.squinch - a small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire)
arch - (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
trumpet arch - a conical squinch
Verb1.squinch - crouch down
crouch, stoop, bend, bow - bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"
2.squinch - draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
shrink back, retract - pull away from a source of disgust or fear
3.squinch - cross one's eyes as if in strabismus; "The children squinted so as to scare each other"
grimace, make a face, pull a face - contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state; "He grimaced when he saw the amount of homework he had to do"


To peer with the eyes partly closed:
Idiom: screw up one's eyes.


vt eyeszusammenkneifen
References in classic literature ?
If he that has a right to be master and ruler here is forced to squinch his thirst, when a-dry, with snow-Water, it ill becomes them that have lived by his bounty to be making merry, as if there was nothing in the world but sunshine and summer.
Ladies, when taking selfies, forget the pout - it's time to welcome the Squinch, the new look that has taken over Instagram and the red carpet.
It's time to welcome the Squinch, the new look that's taken over Instagram and the red carpet.
But on the other hand, when it comes down to measuring that slippery je ne sais quoi of a candidate's likability, there's something about the lady that makes many in the Democratic base just sort of squinch up their face.
As each squinch has a semi-octagonal base, its inner side resolves itself into five vertical panels.
One such is of two warehouses, which foregrounds a stone corner on - Eberle Street against iron gutters and cantilevered windows of lofts apposite on the corner of Tempest Hey, so as to appear as if the stone quoins, squinch and cornice conjoin metal panels into one tectonic compound.
For example the early 11th century dome of Notre-Dame du Port, Clermont-Ferand, uses squinch arches to fit the dome to the square space, which may well have been learned from the Great Mosque in Cordoba and the arches at tribune level in the nave are horseshoe arches, and decorative tiles and coloured voussoirs on the apse reinforce the sense of Arabic influence.
Squinch can improve on his second-place effort last time by winning the European Breeders' Fund "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle Qualifier at Towcester (1.
Girls, he said, better not squinch your eyebrows like that when talking to me, before things get ugly.