squint

You squint when you squeeze your eyes almost shut. If you are trying to see something far away, you will probably squint while you strain your eyes to see more clearly.

When the sun shines brilliantly through the car windshield, the driver will squint, or squeeze her eyes almost shut against the bright light. This is probably a good moment for the driver to grab her sunglasses! You'll squint when a light is suddenly turned on in a dark room, and you might also squint when you're trying to read tiny type on a food label or medicine bottle. The expression on your face, and the action of doing this, are both called a squint as well. Squint comes from the now rare adverb asquint, or "from the corner of the eyes."

Definitions of squint
  1. verb
    partly close one's eyes, as when hit by direct blinding light
    “The driver squinted as the sun hit his windshield”
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    type of:
    look
    have a certain outward or facial expression
  2. verb
    cross one's eyes as if in strabismus
    “The children squinted so as to scare each other”
    synonyms: squinch
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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
    be cross-eyed; have a squint or strabismus
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    type of:
    look
    perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards
  4. noun
    the act of squinting; looking with the eyes partly closed
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    type of:
    look, looking, looking at
    the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
  5. noun
    abnormal alignment of one or both eyes
    synonyms: strabismus
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    types:
    convergent strabismus, cross-eye, crossed eye, esotropia
    strabismus in which one or both eyes turn inward toward the nose
    divergent strabismus, exotropia, walleye
    strabismus in which one or both eyes are directed outward
    type of:
    abnormalcy, abnormality
    an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
  6. adjective
    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    synonyms: askance, askant, asquint, sidelong, squint-eyed, squinty
    indirect
    not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination
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