Squash meaning

skwŏsh, skwôsh
To silence or fluster, as with crushing words.

Squash a heckler.

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To become crushed, flattened, or pulpy, as by pressure or impact.
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(sports) A game played on a four-walled court by two or four players who use long-handled rackets to hit a small rubber ball against the front wall, with play stopping if the ball bounces twice on the floor or does not reach the front wall after a stroke.
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(chiefly british) A citrus-based soft drink.
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With a squashing sound.
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(intransitive) To compress or restrict (oneself) into a small space; to squeeze.

Somehow, she squashed all her books into her backpack, which was now too heavy to carry.

We all managed to squash into Mum's tiny car.

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To move with a splashing or sucking sound, as when walking through boggy ground.
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A crushed or crowded mass.

A squash of people.

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To suppress or bring to an abrupt end; quash.

To squash a rebellion.

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(informal) To silence or disconcert (another) in a crushing manner.
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To be squashed, as by a heavy fall, pressure, etc.
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To make a sound of squashing or splashing.
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To force one's way; crowd; squeeze.
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A squashing or being squashed.
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The sound of squashing.
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Either of two similar games combining elements of both tennis and handball.
  • One played in a four-walled court with a small, long-handled racket and a small rubber ball.
  • One played in a similar court, but with a larger racket and a larger, livelier ball.
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(brit.) A drink made of sweetened fruit juice or fruit-flavored syrup diluted with water.

Lemon squash.

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So as to squash.
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With a squashing sound.
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The fleshy fruit of any of various plants (genus Cucurbita) of the gourd family, eaten as a vegetable.
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A plant, usually a vine, bearing this fruit.
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(uncountable) A sport played in a walled court with a soft rubber ball and bats like tennis racquets.
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(UK) A soft drink made from a fruit-based concentrate diluted with water.

When I'm thirsty I drink squash; it tastes much nicer than plain water.

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A place or a situation where people have limited space to move.

It's a bit of a squash in this small room.

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To beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.
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(countable, botany) A plant and its fruit of five species of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind.
  • Cucurbita maxima, including hubbard squash, great winter squash, buttercup squash, and some varieties of pumpkins.
  • Cucurbita mixta, cushaw squash.
  • Cucurbita moschata, butternut squash, Barbary squash, China squash.
  • Cucurbita pepo, most pumpkins, acorn squash, summer squash, zucchini.
  • Cucurbita verrucosa, long-neck squash.
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The edible or decorative fruit of these plants, or this fruit prepared as a dish.

We ate squash and green beans.

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(obsolete, zoo, countable) Muskrat.
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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.

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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.

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Any of various bushy or vining plants of the genus Cucurbita, having unisexual flowers and fleshy edible fruit with a thick rind when mature.
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The fruit of any of these plants, eaten as a vegetable.
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To beat, squeeze, or press into a pulp or a flattened mass; crush.
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To put down or suppress; quash.

Squash a revolt.

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Origin of squash

  • Middle English squachen from Old French esquasser from Vulgar Latin exquassāre Latin ex- intensive pref. ex– Latin quassāre to shatter frequentative of quatere to shake kwēt- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From alteration of Narragansett askútasquash

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortening of askutasquash, Narragansett ("[a vegetable] eaten green (raw)").

    From Wiktionary

  • shortening of musquash

    From Wiktionary