squinch

1
[skwinch]

noun Architecture.

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 squinch

1
1490–1500; variant of scunch, short for scuncheon, Middle English sconch(e)on < Middle French escoinson, esconchon; see sconcheon

squinch

2
[skwinch]

verb (used with object)

to contort (the features) or squint.
to squeeze together or contract.

verb (used without object)

to squeeze together or crouch down, as to fit into a smaller space.

Origin of squinch

2
1830–40; origin uncertain; cf. squint
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Examples from the Web for squinch

Historical Examples of squinch

  • Business was business with Mr. Squinch, and social calls should be discouraged.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester

  • “Suppose that we say twenty-five hundred,” resumed Mr. Squinch.

    Young Wallingford

    George Randolph Chester

  • Mr. Turner, Mr. Squinch and Mr. Fester looked at one another in turn.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for squinch

squinch

noun

a small arch, corbelling, etc, across an internal corner of a tower, used to support a superstructure such as a spireAlso called: squinch arch

Word Origin for squinch

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.

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