A person who moves into an abandoned building and starts living there without permission is an example of a squatter.
- a person or animal that squats, or crouches
- a person who settles on public or unoccupied land
- a person who occupies illegally a vacant house, building, etc.
- One who squats, sits down idly.
- One who occupies a building or land without title or permission. [From 1788.]
- (Australia, historical) One who occupied Crown land. [From 1828.]
- (Australia, historical) A large-scale grazier and landowner.
- (informal) A kind of Asian toilet where the user squats instead of sitting.
In Australian historical usage, the distinction between the senses of occupier of Crown land and large scale landowner is often blurred; many of the original illegal landholders became rich and, as a group, politically powerful.
From squat +"Ž -er.
squatter - Computer Definition
- Someone who illegally occupies another person's vacant house or building, or settles on another person's vacant land.
- A person who registers a domain name on the World Wide Web (WWW) that mimics the copyrighted, trademarked, or service-marked name of a company specifically for the purpose of selling it to the rightful owner. See also domain name and WWW.