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squinch1

[skwinch] /skwɪntʃ/
noun, Architecture.
1.
a small arch, corbeling, or the like, built across the interior angle between two walls, as in a square tower for supporting the side of a superimposed octagonal spire.
Origin of squinch1
1490-1500
1490-1500; variant of scunch, short for scuncheon, Middle English sconch(e)on < Middle French escoinson, esconchon; see sconcheon

squinch2

[skwinch] /skwɪntʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to contort (the features) or squint.
2.
to squeeze together or contract.
verb (used without object)
3.
to squeeze together or crouch down, as to fit into a smaller space.
Origin
1830-40; origin uncertain; cf. squint
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  • Mr. Turner, Mr. squinch and Mr. Fester looked at one another in turn.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester
  • “Suppose that we say twenty-five hundred,” resumed Mr. squinch.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester
  • Business was business with Mr. squinch, and social calls should be discouraged.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester
  • To him Mr. squinch made his first observation, and it was almost with a snarl.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester
  • After thet, hit got so't every time they heerd a squinch owl holler, they'd begin a-shootin' into the bresh with their rifle guns.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • So they blinks an' winks like a passel of squinch owls, but never onbuckles in no argyooment.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • A squinch thrown across an arcade may be conjectured for strength were it not confuted by two buttresses on the outside.

  • The old fellow is very superstitious and firmly believes that the "squinch" owl's note is a "sho sign o' death."

  • Mr. squinch pounded his long finger-tips together for some time while he pondered the matter.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester
  • “I take it, then, that the paid-in capitalization of the company is not represented in actual cash,” said Mr. squinch.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester
British Dictionary definitions for squinch

squinch

/skwɪntʃ/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C15: from obsolete scunch, from Middle English sconcheon, from Old French escoinson, from es-ex-1 + coin corner
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Word Origin and History for squinch
v.

1840, of faces. Related: Squinched; squinching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for squinch

squinch

verb

To distort the face; squint: The eyes are squinched with innocence and glint (1840+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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