- an implement edged with rubber or the like, for removing water from windows after washing, sweeping water from wet decks, etc.
- a similar and smaller device, as for removing excess water from photographic negatives or prints or for forcing paint, ink, etc., through a porous surface, as in serigraphy.
- to sweep, scrape, or press with or as if with a squeegee.
- to force (paint, ink, etc.) through a screen in making a silk-screen print.
Origin of squeegee
First recorded in 1835–45; originally a nautical term; of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for squeegee
So whenever it rained, we had to pull over every two miles and take a squeegee to it.Chris Colfer on ‘Struck by Lightning,’ Secret Boyfriends, and Girl Fans
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Lift the print and lay it on the card-mount, and rub down with squeegee as directed.
Lay a piece of tissue-paper over the face of the print, and rub the squeegee over it lightly.
If one has no squeegee, a smooth glass bottle answers well for small prints.
At intervals it can be thoroughly washed with a hose, and all surplus water removed immediately with a squeegee.Industrial Cuba
Robert P. Porter
Lay a piece of tissue-paper over the face of the mount and roll the print smooth with a squeegee.
less commonly squilgee
- an implement with a rubber blade used for wiping away surplus water from a surface, such as a windowpane
- any of various similar devices used in photography for pressing the water out of wet prints or negatives or for squeezing prints onto a glazing surface
- to remove (water or other liquid) from (something) by use of a squeegee
- (tr) to press down (a photographic print, etc) with a squeegee
C19: probably of imitative origin, influenced by squeeze
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Word Origin and History for squeegee
"wooden scraping instrument with a rubber blade," 1844, a nautical word, perhaps from squeege "to press" (1782), an alteration of squeeze.
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