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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire);


VERB (3)

1. crouch down;

2. draw back, as with fear or pain;
- Example: "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
[syn: flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail]

3. cross one's eyes as if in strabismus;
- Example: "The children squinted so as to scare each other"
[syn: squint, squinch]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Squinch \Squinch\ (skw[i^]nch), n. [Corrupted fr. sconce.] (Arch.) A small arch thrown across the corner of a square room to support a superimposed mass, as where an octagonal spire or drum rests upon a square tower; -- called also sconce, and sconcheon. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

squinch n 1: a small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire) v 1: crouch down 2: draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf" [syn: flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail] 3: cross one's eyes as if in strabismus; "The children squinted so as to scare each other" [syn: squint, squinch]