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squash

verb \ ˈskwäsh , ˈskwȯsh \

Definition of squash

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

squasher

noun

Examples of squash in a Sentence

  1. He squashed his nose against the window.

  2. His poor performance squashed any hope he had of a promotion.

  3. The boss squashed my idea immediately.

  4. Someone had squashed all the ribbons together in one box.

Origin and Etymology of squash

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

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squash

noun

Definition of squash

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
3 :squelch 1
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

First Known Use of squash

1590


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squash

adverb

Definition of squash

:with a squash or a squashing sound

First Known Use of squash

1766


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squash

noun

Definition of squash

plural squashes or squash
: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

Origin and Etymology of squash

by shortening & alteration from earlier isquoutersquash, from Narragansett askútasquash

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SQUASH Defined for English Language Learners

squash

verb

Definition of squash for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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squash

verb \ ˈskwäsh \

Definition of squash for Students

squashed; squashing
:to beat or press into a soft or flat mass :crush

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squash

noun

Definition of squash for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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