squash

verb
\ˈskwäsh, ˈskwȯsh\
squashed; squashing; squashes

Definition of squash 

(Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to press or beat into a pulp or a flat mass : crush

2 : put down, suppress squash a revolt

intransitive verb

1 : to flatten out under pressure or impact

2 : to proceed with a splashing or squelching sound squash through the mud

3 : squeeze, press

squash

noun (1)

Definition of squash (Entry 2 of 4)

1 obsolete : something soft and easily crushed specifically : an unripe pod of peas

2 : the sudden fall of a heavy soft body or the sound of such a fall

4 : a crushed mass

5 British : sweetened citrus fruit juice often served with added soda water

6 : a singles or doubles game played in a 4-wall court with a long-handled racket and a rubber ball that can be hit off any number of walls

squash

adverb

Definition of squash (Entry 3 of 4)

: with a squash or a squashing sound

squash

noun (2)
plural squashes or squash

Definition of squash (Entry 4 of 4)

: any of various fruits of plants (genus Cucurbita) of the gourd family widely cultivated as vegetables also : a plant and especially a vine that bears squashes — compare summer squash, winter squash

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Other Words from squash

Verb

squasher noun

Synonyms for squash

Synonyms: Verb

crush, mash, pulp

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Examples of squash in a Sentence

Verb

He squashed his nose against the window. His poor performance squashed any hope he had of a promotion. The boss squashed my idea immediately. Someone had squashed all the ribbons together in one box.
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First Known Use of squash

Verb

1565, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1766, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squash

Verb

alteration of Middle English squachen to crush, annul, from Anglo-French esquacher, from Old French es- ex- + quachier to hide from view, from Vulgar Latin *coacticare to press together — more at cache

Noun (2)

by shortening & alteration from earlier isquoutersquash, from Narragansett askútasquash

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The first known use of squash was in 1565

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squash

verb

English Language Learners Definition of squash

: to press (something) into a flat or flatter shape

: to stop (something) from continuing by doing or saying something

: to move into a space that is very tight or crowded

squash

verb
\ˈskwäsh \
squashed; squashing

Kids Definition of squash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to beat or press into a soft or flat mass : crush

squash

noun

Kids Definition of squash (Entry 2 of 2)

: the fruit of a plant related to the gourd that comes in many varieties and is usually eaten as a vegetable

squash

noun
\ˈskwäsh, ˈskwȯsh \

Medical Definition of squash 

: a bit of tissue crushed between a slide and cover glass and stained in situ especially for cytological study of chromosomes

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