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squat

 (skwŏt)
v. squat·ted, squat·ting, squats
v.intr.
1. To sit in a crouching position with knees bent and the buttocks on or near the heels.
2. To crouch down, as an animal does.
3. To settle on unoccupied land without legal claim.
4. To occupy a given piece of public land in order to acquire title to it.
v.tr.
1. To put (oneself) into a crouching posture.
2. To occupy as a squatter.
3. Sports To lift (an amount of weight) when doing a squat.
adj. squat·ter, squat·test
1. Short and thick; low and broad.
2. Crouched in a squatting position.
n.
1. The act of squatting.
2. A squatting or crouching posture.
3. Sports A lift or a weightlifting exercise in which one squats and stands while holding a weighted barbell supported by the back of the shoulders.
4. Chiefly British The place occupied by a squatter.
5. The lair of an animal such as a hare.
6. Slang A small or worthless amount; diddly-squat.

[Middle English squatten, from Old French esquatir, to crush : es-, intensive pref. (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + quatir, to press flat (from Vulgar Latin *coāctīre, from Latin coāctus, past participle of cōgere, to compress : co-, co- + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots).]

squat′ter n.

squatter

(ˈskwɒtə)
n
1. (Law) a person who occupies property or land to which he or she has no legal title
2. (Law) (in Australia)
a. (formerly) a person who occupied a tract of land, esp pastoral land, as tenant of the Crown
b. a farmer of sheep or cattle on a large scale
3. (Law) (in New Zealand) a 19th-century settler who took up large acreage on a Crown lease

squat•ter

(ˈskwɒt ər)

n.
1. a person or thing that squats.
2. a person who occupies property without permission, lease, or payment of rent.
3. a person who settles on land under government regulation, in order to acquire title.
[1775–85]
squat′ter•dom, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.squatter - someone who settles lawfully on government land with the intent to acquire title to it
colonist, settler - a person who settles in a new colony or moves into new country
2.squatter - someone who settles on land without right or title
interloper, intruder, trespasser - someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission
Translations

squatter

[ˈskwɒtəʳ] Nocupa mf, okupa mf

squatter

[ˈskwɒtər] nsquatter m, squatteur/euse m/f

squatter

n (on land) → Squatter(in) m(f), → illegaler Siedler, illegale Siedlerin; (in house) → Hausbesetzer(in) m(f)

squatter

[ˈskwɒtəʳ] noccupante m/f abusivo/a
References in classic literature ?
echoed the squatter, "I am as rightful an owner of the land I stand on, as any governor in the States
The summons of the unnurtured squatter brought an immediate accession to their party.
I put no manure whatever on this land, not being the owner, but merely a squatter, and not expecting to cultivate so much again, and I did not quite hoe it all once.
While the agitated parent was listening to the vivid description that his daughter gave of her recent danger, and her unexpected escape, all thoughts of mines, vested rights, and examinations were absorbed in emotion; and when the image of Natty again crossed his recollection, it was not as a law Less and depredating squatter, but as the preserver of his child.
Thus, three-story air conditioned concrete homes are now a common site in many squatter communities.
I have been living on this plot No 502 in Bamburi, where I have become a squatter,' Rashid said.
The existence and continued growth of squatter communities have led to the ever-present sight of other indicators of poverty.
A squatter like you has no right,' Harly exclaimed.
A squatter is someone who occupies an uninhabited building unlawfully.
The VP also inaugurated a project which aims to transform Um-Badda to an area free of squatter buildings and handed over residential lots to 47,000 families.
In contrast to the tolerant and largely peaceful 'living politics' of informal settlements, as embodied by the social movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, this article considers a darker side of squatter politics: 'xenophobic' mobilization.