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squinch 1

 (skwĭnch)
n.
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

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

[Alteration of squint.]

squinch

(skwɪntʃ)
n
(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]

squinch1

(skwɪntʃ)

n.
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]

squinch2

(skwɪntʃ)

v.t.
1. to contort (the features) or squint.
2. to squeeze together or contract.
v.i.
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"

squinch

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

squinch

(US)
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.
There were wonderful moments: cleverly handled external brickwork in a lovely curving zig-zag, a soaring timber roof and a surprising deep set squinch window giving a view out to the fields beyond.
Chapters include It All Starts with the Jaw, The Beauty of the Human Smile, Make 'em Squinch, Signature Moves: Firing Up a Li'l Direct Direction, and My Greatest Discovery: Direction by Misdirection.
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.
In the beginning, God created grapes, and trod their skins flat in His winepress, spritzing their organs, crushing their bodies, squinch by squinch, with His largeness, and the Spirit moved upon the face of the pool.
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.
Yes, she had grown up in Eatonville, an all-black town, hearing all "about the capers Brer Rabbit is apt to cut and what the Squinch Owl says from the house top" (Hurston, 1990/1935, p.
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.