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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