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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.]
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.v.i.
3. to squeeze together or crouch down, as to fit into a smaller space.
[1830–40; orig. uncertain; compare squint]
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|Noun||1.||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
|Verb||1.||squinch - crouch down|
|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"
|3.||squinch - cross one's eyes as if in strabismus; "The children squinted so as to scare each other"|
To peer with the eyes partly closed:
Idiom: screw up one's eyes.