Squinch meaning

skwĭnch
A structure, such as a section of vaulting or corbeling, set diagonally across the interior angle between two walls to provide a transition from a square to a polygonal or more nearly circular base on which to construct a dome.
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To squeeze, twist, or draw together.

Squinched her eyes shut.

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An interior corner support, as a small arch, corbeling, or lintel, supporting a weight, as of a spire, resting upon it.
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To squeeze or compress.
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To squint, pucker, or contort.
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To crouch down or draw oneself together so as to seem smaller.
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To flinch.
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(architecture) A structure constructed between two adjacent walls to aid in the transition from a polygonal to a circular structure; as when a dome is constructed on top of a square room.
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To scrunch up (one's face)
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Origin of squinch

  • Alteration of scuncheon from Middle English sconchon from Old French escoinson es- out of (from Latin ex- ex–) coin angle, wedge coin

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

  • Alteration of squint

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