Squinch
Squinch Squinch (skw[i^]nch), n. [Corrupted fr. sconce.] (Arch.) A small arch thrown across the corner of a square room to support a superimposed mass, as where an octagonal spire or drum rests upon a square tower; -- called also {sconce}, and {sconcheon}. [1913 Webster]

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  • squinch — (v.) 1840, of faces. Related: Squinched; squinching …   Etymology dictionary

  • squinch — squinch1 [skwinch] n. [var. of scunch, contr. < LME scuncheon < OFr escoinson < es (< L ex ) + coin, corner: see COIN] an interior corner support, as a small arch, corbeling, or lintel, supporting a weight, as of a spire, resting upon …   English World dictionary

  • squinch — squinch1 /skwinch/, n. Archit. a small arch, corbeling, or the like, built across the interior angle between two walls, as in a square tower for supporting the side of a superimposed octagonal spire. [1490 1500; var. of scunch, short for… …   Universalium

  • Squinch — A squinch in architecture is a piece of construction used for filling in the upper angles of a square room so as to form a proper base to receive an octagonal or spherical dome. It was the primitive solution of this problem, the perfected one… …   Wikipedia

  • squinch — I [[t]skwɪntʃ[/t]] n. archit. a small arch, corbeling, etc., built across the interior angle between two walls, as in a square tower for supporting a superimposed octagonal spire • Etymology: 1490–1500; var. of scunch, short for scuncheon < MF …   From formal English to slang

  • squinch — I. verb Etymology: probably blend of squint and pinch Date: 1835 transitive verb 1. to screw up (the eyes or face) ; squint 2. a. to make more compact b. to cause to crouch down or draw together …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • squinch — 1. noun 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. 2 …   Wiktionary

  • squinch — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To peer with the eyes partly closed: squint. Idiom: screw up one s eyes. See SEE …   English dictionary for students

  • Squinch —    An architectural device used, like the pendentive (q.v.), to place a dome (q.v.) on a square bay. It consists of a small arch, or a corbeled, half conical niche, placed across the corners of a square bay. The result is an octagonal base,… …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

  • squinch — v. crouch down; squint, squeeze, tense up the muscles of the eyes; flinch, draw back, show fear …   English contemporary dictionary

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