squinch

verb
\ˈskwinch \
squinched; squinching; squinches

Definition of squinch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to screw up (the eyes or face) : squint

2a : to make more compact

b : to cause to crouch down or draw together

intransitive verb

1 : flinch

2 : to crouch down or draw together

3 : squint

squinch

noun

Definition of squinch (Entry 2 of 2)

: a support (such as an arch, lintel, or corbeling) carried across the corner of a room under a superimposed mass

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Noun

In the meaning defined above

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Synonyms for squinch

Synonyms: Verb

blench, cringe, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, wince

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Examples of squinch in a Sentence

Verb

squinched down to fit under the table squinched up her eyes in disgust

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To deepen the illusion that life is just one big fashion spread, we've been trained to 1) smize, 2) duck face, 3) squinch, and now, 4) fish gape. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "News Flash: The Duck Face Has Been Replaced by the Fish Gape," 1 Oct. 2015 Striking a more calculated pose, Kloss squinches her eyes, which aids in further carving out her high cheekbones and defining her jawline. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "Is "Squinching" the Celebrity Secret to Looking Perfect in Photos?," 23 July 2015

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here, she's added parted lips, slightly sucked-in cheeks, and a subtle chin tilt on top of her master squinch. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "News Flash: The Duck Face Has Been Replaced by the Fish Gape," 1 Oct. 2015 Brick squinches, here decorated with windows and patterns mimicking those below, are not unique to the Samanid mausoleum. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "A Final Resting Place, Both Beguiling and Beautiful," 4 May 2018 Take Karlie Kloss for example, who at Tuesday night's Paper Towns premiere, showed off her propensity for a professional squinch. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "Is "Squinching" the Celebrity Secret to Looking Perfect in Photos?," 23 July 2015 First, atop the cube sits an octagonal structure with arched squinches angled across each corner. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "A Final Resting Place, Both Beguiling and Beautiful," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of squinch

Verb

1835, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squinch

Verb

probably blend of squint and pinch

Noun

alteration of earlier scunch back part of the side of an opening

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