- Squash is defined as a state of being squished into a small space, or a vegetable, or is a game where rackets are used by two players to hit a rubber ball against the walls.
- When you are squished into a small space, this is an example of a squash.
- A zucchini is an example of a squash.
- A game where you hit a ball against a wall to another player in a closed court is an example of squash.
- Squash is to squeeze something to make it smaller, or to crush an idea, or push down an emotion.
- When you flatten down trash in the trash can by stepping on it, this is an example of a time when you squash down the trash.
- When you dismiss an idea outright, this is an example of a time when you squash the idea.
- When you suppress a laugh or a feeling of anger, this is an example of a time when you squash the feeling.
- to squeeze or crush into a soft or flat mass
- to press or squeeze tightly or too tightly
- to suppress or bring to an abrupt end; quash: to squash a rebellion
- Informal to silence or disconcert (another) in a crushing manner
Origin: OFr esquasser from Vulgar Latin an unverified form exquassare from Classical Latin ex-, intensive plush quassus: see quash
- to be squashed, as by a heavy fall, pressure, etc.
- to make a sound of squashing or splashing
- to force one's way; crowd; squeeze
- something squashed; crushed mass
- a squashing or being squashed
- the sound of squashing
- either of two similar games combining elements of both tennis and handball; specif.,
- Brit. a drink made of sweetened fruit juice or fruit-flavored syrup diluted with water: lemon squash
- so as to squash
- with a squashing sound
- the fleshy fruit of any of various plants (genus Cucurbita) of the gourd family, eaten as a vegetable
- a plant, usually a vine, bearing this fruit
Origin: shortened from isquoutersquashes, squontersquashes, plural from southern New England Algonquian: compare Narragansett askútasquash, plural
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- Any of various tendril-bearing plants of the genus Cucurbita, having fleshy edible fruit with a leathery rind and unisexual flowers.
- The fruit of any of these plants, eaten as a vegetable.
Origin: From alteration of Narragansett askútasquash.
verb squashed, squash·ing, squash·es verb, transitive
- To beat, squeeze, or press into a pulp or a flattened mass; crush. See Synonyms at crush.
- To put down or suppress; quash: squash a revolt.
- To silence or fluster, as with crushing words: squash a heckler.
- To become crushed, flattened, or pulpy, as by pressure or impact.
- To move with a splashing or sucking sound, as when walking through boggy ground.
- a. The act or sound of squashing.b. The fact or condition of being squashed.
- A crushed or crowded mass: a squash of people.
- Sports A racket game played in a closed walled court with a rubber ball.
- Chiefly British A citrus-based soft drink.
Origin: Middle English squachen, from Old French esquasser, from Vulgar Latin *exquassāre : Latin ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + Latin quassāre, to shatter, frequentative of quatere, to shake; see kwēt- in Indo-European roots.
- squashˈer noun