Squinting
Squint Squint, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Squinted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Squinting}.] 1. To see or look obliquely, asquint, or awry, or with a furtive glance. [1913 Webster]

Some can squint when they will. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) To have the axes of the eyes not coincident; to be cross-eyed. [1913 Webster]

3. To deviate from a true line; to run obliquely. [1913 Webster]

4. To have an indirect bearing, reference, or implication; to have an allusion to, or inclination towards, something.

Yet if the following sentence means anything, it is a squinting toward hypnotism. --The Forum. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

5. To look with the eyes partly closed. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • squinting — ☆ squinting [skwintiŋ ] adj. Gram. designating a modifier, as an adverb, that can be interpreted as modifying either the preceding or the following part of the construction in which it appears (Ex.: often in “those who lie often are found out”);… …   Universalium

  • squinting — ☆ squinting [skwintiŋ ] adj. Gram. designating a modifier, as an adverb, that can be interpreted as modifying either the preceding or the following part of the construction in which it appears (Ex.: often in “those who lie often are found out”);… …   English World dictionary

  • squinting — skwɪnt n. act of squinting; sideways glance; state of being cross eyed, strabismus (Ophthalmology) v. look at with the eyes half closed; glance sideways; be cross eyed (Ophthalmology) adj. looking at sideways; cross eyed (Ophthalmology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • squinting — Synonyms and related words: agee, agee jawed, askance, askant, askew, askewgee, asquint, astigmatic, awry, blink eyed, blinking, blinky, catawampous, catawamptious, cockeyed, crooked, farsighted, longsighted, mope eyed, myopic, nearsighted, poor… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • squinting — n. Strabism, strabismus …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • squinting — adjective having eyes half closed in order to see better squinched eyes • Syn: ↑squinched • Similar to: ↑closed, ↑shut …   Useful english dictionary

  • squinting modifier — Gram. a word or phrase that can modify either the words that precede it or those that follow, as frequently in the sentence Studying frequently is tedious. Also called squinting construction. * * * …   Universalium

  • squinting modifier — Gram. a word or phrase that can modify either the words that precede it or those that follow, as frequently in the sentence Studying frequently is tedious. Also called squinting construction …   Useful english dictionary

  • squinting modifier — noun Date: 1924 a modifier (as often in “getting dressed often is a nuisance”) so placed in a sentence that it can be interpreted as modifying either what precedes or what follows …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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