Gingerly, about 30 couples lay down and squatted on mats and rugs for the mass face-sit.
As for Jim, he squatted on the doorstep outside, with time at last to think.
He squatted back in his chair, pulling at his long moustache.
The women, taking the places of honor, squatted round me in concentric rows, while the men peered over their shoulders.
Cayke, however, had squatted on the floor and was sobbing bitterly.
Zhilin again tried to break the lock, and Dina squatted by his side, and leaned against his shoulder.
Just as we had finished breakfast, Bobaran came in and squatted on the flour.
Up came Po and some eight other chiefs, squatted in a big circle around the old dining-room floor, now the smoking-room.
Ed squatted back on his heels, studying it and putting two and two together.
They made no objection to this, but, letting us go, squatted down on the snow about two hundred yards from the camp.
early 15c., "crouch on the heels," from Old French esquatir "press down, lay flat, crush," from es- "out" (from Latin ex-) + Old French quatir "press down, flatten," from Vulgar Latin *coactire "press together, force," from Latin coactus, past participle of cogere "to compel, curdle, collect" (see cogent). Related: Squatted; squatting. Slang noun sense of "nothing at all" first attested 1934, probably suggestive of squatting to defecate. The adjective sense of "short, thick" dates from 1620s.