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 intransitive verb 1. flinch 2. to crouch down or draw together 3. squint II. noun Etymology: alteration of earlier scunch back part of the side of an opening Date: circa 1840 a support (as an arch, lintel, or corbeling) carried across the corner of a room under a superimposed mass

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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