HyperDic: squinch

English > 4 senses of the word squinch:
NOUNartifactsquincha small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire)
VERBmotionsquinchcrouch down
motionsquinch, flinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quaildraw back, as with fear or pain
bodysquinch, squintcross one's eyes as if in strabismus
English > squinch: 4 senses > noun 1, artifact
MeaningA small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire).
Narrowertrumpet archA conical squinch
Broaderarch(architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
Spanishtrompa
Catalantrompa
English > squinch: 4 senses > verb 1, motion
Meaningcrouch down.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s PP
Broadercrouch, stoop, bend, bowbend one's back forward from the waist on down
Spanishagacharse
Catalanabaixar, aclofar-se, acotar, ajupir-se, arraulir-se
English > squinch: 4 senses > verb 2, motion
Meaningdraw back, as with fear or pain.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s PP
Synonymsflinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail
Narrowershrink back, retractpull away from a source of disgust or fear
BroadermoveMove so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
Spanishcontraerse, encogerse, reaccionar, recular, retroceder
Catalanacovardir-se, contreure's, encongir-se, recular, retrocedir
English > squinch: 4 senses > verb 3, body
Meaningcross one's eyes as if in strabismus.
PatternSomebody ----s
Synonymsquint
Broadergrimace, make a face, pull a facecontort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state
Spanishentornar
Catalanmig aclucar

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