Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Squarroso-dentate adjective (Botany) Having the teeth bent out of the plane of the lamina; -- said of a leaf.
Squarrous adjective Squarrose.
Squarrulose adjective [ Dim. of squarrose .] (Botany) Somewhat squarrose; slightly squarrose. Gray.
[ Confer Musquash
.] (Zoology) An American animal allied to the weasel.
[ Obsolete] Goldsmith.
Squash noun [ Massachusetts Indian asq , plural asquash , raw, green, immaturate, applied to fruit and vegetables which were used when green, or without cooking; askutasquash vine apple.] (Botany) A plant and its fruit of the genus Cucurbita , or gourd kind. » The species are much confused. The long-neck squash is called Cucurbita verrucosa , the Barbary or China squash, C. moschata , and the great winter squash, C. maxima , but the distinctions are not clear. Squash beetle (Zoology) , a small American beetle ( Diabrotica, or Galeruca vittata ) which is often abundant and very injurious to the leaves of squash, cucumber, etc. It is striped with yellow and black. The name is applied also to other allied species. -- Squash bug (Zoology) , a large black American hemipterous insect ( Coreus, or Anasa, tristis ) injurious to squash vines.
Squash transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Squashed
; present participle & verbal noun Squashing
.] [ Middle English squashen
, Old French escachier
, to squash, to crush, French écacher
, perhaps from (assumed) Late Latin excoacticare
, from Latin ex
to constrain, from cogere
, to compel. Confer Cogent
, intransitive verb
] To beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.
Squash noun 1. Something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of pease.
Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a boy; as a squash is before 't is a peascod. Shak. 2. Hence, something unripe or soft; -- used in contempt.
, this gentleman." Shak. 3. A sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies. Arbuthnot.
My fall was stopped by a terrible squash . Swift.
Squash noun A game much like rackets, played in a walled court with soft rubber balls and bats like tennis rackets.
Squasher noun One who, or that which, squashes.
Squashiness noun The quality or state of being squashy, or soft.
Squashy adjective Easily squashed; soft.
Squat noun (Zoology) The angel fish ( Squatina angelus ).
Squat intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Squatted
; present participle & verbal noun Squatting
.] [ Middle English squatten
to crush, Old French esquater
(cf. Italian quatto
squat, cowering), perhaps from Latin ex
, past participle cogere
to drive or urge together. See Cogent
, transitive verb
] 1. To sit down upon the hams or heels; as, the savages squatted near the fire. 2. To sit close to the ground; to cower; to stoop, or lie close, to escape observation, as a partridge or rabbit. 3. To settle on another's land without title; also, to settle on common or public lands.
Squat transitive verb To bruise or make flat by a fall. [ Obsolete]
Squat adjective 1. Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering; crouching.
Him there they found, Milton. 2. Short and thick, like the figure of an animal squatting.
Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve.
"The round, squat
turret." R. Browning.
The head [ of the squill insect] is broad and squat . Grew.
Squat noun Squat snipe (Zoology) , the jacksnipe; -- called also squatter . [ Local, U.S.]
1. The posture of one that sits on his heels or hams, or close to the ground. 2. A sudden or crushing fall. [ Obsolete] erbert. 3. (Mining) (a) A small vein of ore. (b) A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar. Halliwell. Woodward.
Squaterole noun (Zoology) The black-bellied plover.
Squatter noun 1. One who squats; specifically, one who settles unlawfully upon land without a title. In the United States and Australia the term is sometimes applied also to a person who settles lawfully upon government land under permission and restrictions, before acquiring title.
In such a tract, squatters and trespassers were tolerated to an extent now unknown. Macaulay. 2. (Zoology) See Squat snipe , under Squat . Squatter sovereignty
, the right claimed by the squatters, or actual residents, of a Territory of the United States to make their own laws.
[ Local, U.S.] Bartlett.
Squatty adjective Squat; dumpy. J. Burroughs.
[ Massachusetts Indian squa
; Narragansett squâws
; Delaware ochqueu
, and khqueu
; used also in compound words (as the names of animals) in the sense of female
.] A female; a woman; -- in the language of Indian tribes of the Algonquin family, correlative of sannup . Old squaw
. (Zoology) See under Old .
Squaw man A white man who has married an Indian squaw; sometimes, one who has gained tribal rights by such a marriage; -- often a term of contempt. [ Western U. S.]
Squaw vine (Botany) The partridge berry ( Mitchella repens ).
Squawberry noun (Botany) A local name for the partridge berry; also, for the deerberry. [ U. S.]
Squawk intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Squawked
; present participle & verbal noun Squawking
.] [ See Squeak
.] To utter a shrill, abrupt scream; to squeak harshly. Squawking thrush (Zoology)
, the missel turush; -- so called from its note when alarmed.
[ Prov. Eng.]
Squawk noun 1. Act of squawking; a harsh squeak. 2. (Zoology) The American night heron. See under Night . Squawk duck (Zoology)
, the bimaculate duck ( Anas glocitans ). It has patches of reddish brown behind, and in front of, each eye.
[ Prov. Eng.]
Squawl intransitive verb See Squall .
Squawroot noun (Botany) A scaly parasitic plant ( Conopholis Americana ) found in oak woods in the United States; -- called also cancer root .
Squawweed noun (Botany) The golden ragwort. See under Ragwort .
Squeak intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Squaked
; present participle & verbal noun Squeaking
.] [ Probably of imitative origin; confer Swedish sqväka
to croak, Icelandic skvakka
to give a sound as of water shaken in a bottle.] 1. To utter a sharp, shrill cry, usually of short duration; to cry with an acute tone, as an animal; or, to make a sharp, disagreeable noise, as a pipe or quill, a wagon wheel, a door; to creak.
Who can endure to hear one of the rough old Romans squeaking through the mouth of an eunuch? Addison.
Zoilus calls the companions of Ulysses the " squeaking pigs" of Homer. Pope. 2. To break silence or secrecy for fear of pain or punishment; to speak; to confess.
If he be obstinate, put a civil question to him upon the rack, and he squeaks , I warrant him. Dryden.
Squeak noun A sharp, shrill, disagreeable sound suddenly utered, either of the human voice or of any animal or instrument, such as is made by carriage wheels when dry, by the soles of leather shoes, or by a pipe or reed.
1. One who, or that which, squeaks. 2. (Zoology) The Australian gray crow shrile ( Strepera anaphonesis ); -- so called from its note.
Squeakingly adverb In a squeaking manner.
Squeal intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Squealed
; present participle & verbal noun Squealing
.] [ Of Scand. origin; confer Swedish sqväla
, Norw. skvella
. Confer Squeak
.] 1. To cry with a sharp, shrill, prolonged sound, as certain animals do, indicating want, displeasure, or pain. 2. To turn informer; to betray a secret.
Squeal noun A shrill, somewhat prolonged cry.
1. One who, or that which, squeals. 2. (Zoology) (a) The European swift. (b) The harlequin duck. (c) The American golden plover.
[ Middle English squaimous
, probably from Middle English sweem
, dizziness, a swimming in the head; confer Icelandic svemr
a bustle, a stir, Norw. sveim
a hovering about, a sickness that comes upon one, Icelandic svimi
a giddiness, Anglo-Saxon swīmi
. The word has been perhaps confused witrh qualmish
. Confer Swim
to be dizzy.] Having a stomach that is easily or nauseated; hence, nice to excess in taste; fastidious; easily disgusted; apt to be offended at trifling improprieties.
Quoth he, that honor's very squeamish Hudibras.
That takes a basting for a blemish.
His muse is rustic, and perhaps too plain Southern.
The men of squeamish taste to entertain.
So ye grow squeamish , Gods, and sniff at heaven. M. Arnold. Syn.
-- Fastidious; dainty; overnice; scrupulous. See Fastidious
. -- Squeam"ish*ly
Squeamous adjective Squeamish. [ Obsolete]
Squeasiness noun Queasiness. [ Obsolete]
Squeasy adjective Queasy; nice; squeamish; fastidious; scrupulous. [ Obsolete] Bp. Earle.
Squeegee transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Squeegeed
; present participle & verbal noun Squeegeeing
.] To smooth, press, or treat with a squeegee; to squilgee.
Squeegee roller A small India-rubber roller with a handle, used esp. in printing and photography as a squeegee.
Squeeze transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Squeezed
; present participle & verbal noun Squeezing
.] [ Middle English queisen
, Anglo-Saxon cwēsan
, of uncertain origin. The s-
was probably prefixed through the influence of squash
, v.t.] 1. To press between two bodies; to press together closely; to compress; often, to compress so as to expel juice, moisture, etc.; as, to squeeze an orange with the fingers; to squeeze the hand in friendship. 2. Fig.: To oppress with hardships, burdens, or taxes; to harass; to crush.
In a civil war, people must expect to be crushed and squeezed toward the burden. L'Estrange. 3. To force, or cause to pass, by compression; often with out , through , etc.; as, to squeeze water through felt. Syn.
-- To compress; hug; pinch; gripe; crowd.
Squeeze intransitive verb To press; to urge one's way, or to pass, by pressing; to crowd; -- often with through , into , etc.; as, to squeeze hard to get through a crowd.
1. The act of one who squeezes; compression between bodies; pressure. 2. A facsimile impression taken in some soft substance, as pulp, from an inscription on stone.
Squeeze noun 1. (Mining) The gradual closing of workings by the weight of the overlying strata. 2. Pressure or constraint used to force the making of a gift, concession, or the like; exaction; extortion.
One of the many " squeezes " imposed by the mandarins. A. R. Colquhoun.
1. One who, or that which, squeezes; as, a lemon squeezer . 2. (Forging) (a) A machine like a large pair of pliers, for shingling, or squeezing, the balls of metal when puddled; -- used only in the plural. (b) A machine of several forms for the same purpose; -- used in the singular.
Squeezing noun 1. The act of pressing; compression; oppression. 2. plural That which is forced out by pressure; dregs. 3. Same as Squeeze , noun , 2.