- to press into a flat mass or pulp; crush: She squashed the flower under her heel.
- to suppress or put down; quash.
- to silence or disconcert (someone), as with a crushing retort or emotional or psychological pressure.
- to press forcibly against or cram into a small space; squeeze.
- to be pressed into a flat mass or pulp.
- (of a soft, heavy body) to fall heavily.
- to make a splashing sound; splash.
- to be capable of being or likely to be squashed: Tomatoes squash easily.
- to squeeze or crowd; crush.
- the act or sound of squashing.
- the fact of squashing or of being squashed.
- something squashed or crushed.
- something soft and easily crushed.
- Also called squash racquets. a game for two or four persons, similar to racquets but played on a smaller court and with a racket having a round head and a long handle.
- Also called squash tennis. a game for two persons, resembling squash racquets except that the ball is larger and livelier and the racket is shaped like a tennis racket.
- British. a beverage made from fruit juice and soda water: lemon squash.
Origin of squash1
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- the fruit of any of various vinelike, tendril-bearing plants belonging to the genus Curcurbita, of the gourd family, as C. moschata or C. pepo, used as a vegetable.
- any of these plants.
Origin of squash2
Examples from the Web for squash
The salmon is presented atop a mound of sautéed vegetables: mushrooms, peppers, squash, onions, leafy greens, and herbs.Spaghetti for Breakfast?! Not So Crazy at This Idaho Farm Café
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There is increasing evidence that Assad is working with ISIS to squash the Free Syrian Army.America's Allies Are Funding ISIS
June 14, 2014
Headache—Take the rinds of a couple of lemons and squash it into a paste.Use These 15 Home Remedies Based On Ayurveda To Cure Menstrual Cramps, Hangovers, and Indigestion
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All this testing is serving to squash creativity and the excitement of learning.A Teach for America Alum On How Testing Is Hurting Our Kids
October 9, 2013
In addition to Central Park, they have new raised bed gardens on the rooftop with basil, sage, thyme, tomatoes, and squash.Honey Harvest at the Waldorf Astoria’s Beehives
August 3, 2013
Under his squash hat his hair is rather plentiful and rather grey.The Pigeon (Third Series Plays)
And they've et up all the summer squash and all the cream-pie.
One day I cooked a squash, putting the parings in a swill pail.Old Rail Fence Corners
I guess it must be squash, for he likes mam-ma's squash pies so much.Pages for Laughing Eyes
Cranberry sauce an' roast potatoes, an' squash to go with him.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
- to press or squeeze or be pressed or squeezed in or down so as to crush, distort, or pulp
- (tr) to suppress or overcome
- (tr) to humiliate or crush (a person), esp with a disconcerting retort
- (intr) to make a sucking, splashing, or squelching sound
- (often foll by in or into) to enter or insert in a confined space
- British a still drink made from fruit juice or fruit syrup diluted with water
- a crush, esp of people in a confined space
- something that is squashed
- the act or sound of squashing or the state of being squashed
- Also called: squash rackets, squash racquets a game for two or four players played in an enclosed court with a small rubber ball and light long-handled rackets. The ball may be hit against any of the walls but must hit the facing wall at a point above a horizontal lineSee also rackets
- Also called: squash tennis a similar game played with larger rackets and a larger pneumatic ball
- any of various marrow-like cucurbitaceous plants of the genus Cucurbita, esp C. pepo and C. moschata, the fruits of which have a hard rind surrounding edible flesh
- the fruit of any of these plants, eaten as a vegetable
Word Origin and History for squash
"to crush," 1560s, from Old French esquasser "to crush," from Vulgar Latin *exquassare, from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + quassare "to shatter" (see quash "to crush"). Related: Squashed; squashing. The racket game is first recorded by that name in 1886, originally it was the name of the soft rubber ball used in it.
"gourd fruit," 1640s, shortened borrowing from Narraganset (Algonquian) askutasquash, literally "the green things that may be eaten raw," from askut "green, raw" + asquash "eaten," in which the -ash is a plural affix (cf. succotash).