squinch

Definitions of squinch
  1. noun
    a small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire)
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    types:
    trumpet arch
    a conical squinch
    type of:
    arch
    (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
  2. verb
    cross one's eyes as if in strabismus
    synonyms: squint
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    type of:
    grimace, make a face, pull a face
    contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state
  3. verb
    crouch down
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    type of:
    bend, bow, crouch, stoop
    bend one's back forward from the waist on down
  4. verb
    draw back, as with fear or pain
    synonyms: cringe, flinch, funk, quail, recoil, shrink, wince
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    types:
    retract, shrink back
    pull away from a source of disgust or fear
    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
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