squash

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v squash to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition "crush an aluminum can","squeeze a lemon"
    • n squash a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets
    • n squash edible fruit of a squash plant; eaten as a vegetable
    • n squash any of numerous annual trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The game of squash originated in the United Kingdom. It came about after a few boys, who were waiting for their turn to play racquets, knocked a ball around in a confined area adjoining the racquets court
    • Squash A game much like rackets, played in a walled court with soft rubber balls and bats like tennis rackets; -- called also squash rackets.
    • n Squash (Bot) A plant and its fruit of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind.☞ The species are much confused. The long-neck squash is called Cucurbita verrucosa, the Barbary or China squash, C. moschata, and the great winter squash, C. maxima, but the distinctions are not clear.
    • Squash A sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies. "My fall was stopped by a terrible squash ."
    • n Squash skwŏsh (Zoöl) An American animal allied to the weasel.
    • Squash Hence, something unripe or soft; -- used in contempt. "This squash , this gentleman."
    • Squash Something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of pease. "Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a boy; as a squash is before 't is a peascod."
    • v. t Squash To beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A squash ball moving at 150 kilometers per hour has the same impact of a .22 bullet
    • squash To crush; smash; beat or press into pulp or a flat mass.
    • squash To splash; make a splashing sound.
    • n squash Something soft and easily crushed; something unripe and soft; especially, an unripe pea-pod.
    • n squash Something that has been crushed into a soft mass.
    • n squash A sudden fall of a heavy soft body; a shock of soft bodies.
    • n squash The fruit of an annual plant of the gourd kind, belonging to one of several species of the genus Cucurbita; also, the plant itself. The very numerous and divergent varieties of the cultivated squash are reduced by good authority to three species—C. maxima, the great or winter squash; C. Pepo, including the pumpkin and also a large part of the ordinary squashes; and C. moschata, the musky, China, or Barbary squash. The last has a club-sharped, pear-shaped, or long cylindrical fruit with a glaucous-whitish surface. The other squashes may for practical purposes be divided into summer and winter kinds. Among the latter is the C. maxima, of which the fruit is spheroidal in form and often of great size, sometimes weighing 240 pounds. A variety of this is the crowned or turban squash, whose fruit has a circular projection at the top, the mark of the adherent calyx-tube. Other winter squashes are of moderate size, and commonly either narrowed toward the base into a neck which in the “crook-necks” is curved to one side, or egg-shaped and pointed at the ends, as in the (Boston) marrow, long a standard in America, or the still better Hubbard squash. The winter squash can be preserved through the season. The summer squash has a very short vine, hence sometimes called bush-squash. Its fruit is smaller, and is either a crook-neck or depressed in form, somewhat hemispherical with a scalloped border (see simlin); it is colored yellow, white, green, or green and white, Squashes are more grown in America than elsewhere, but also, especially the winter squashes, in continental Europe, and generally in temperate and tropical climates. In Great Britain the only ordinary squash is the vegetable marrow (see marrow), or succade gourd. The summer squash is eaten before maturity, prepared by boiling. The winter squash is boiled or roasted; in France and the East it is largely used in soups and ragouts, in America often made into pies. It is also used as food for animals.
    • n squash The musquash or muskrat, Fiber zibethicus.
    • n squash An indoor or court game developed from a combination of lawn-tennis and court-tennis. The court is walled on three sides, and the players strike a ball alternately above a certain line on the back wall. The ball is similar to a tennis-ball of rubber covered with felt, but is made capable of bearing harder hitting because it is designed to be driven with great force against the walls.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before Columbus, Europe had never tasted cord, potatoes, tomatoes, red peppers, sweet potatoes, tapioca, chocolate, pumpkins, squash, coconuts, pineapples, strawberries, and much more. Why? All these food items are native to America.
    • v.t Squash skwosh to press into pulp: to crush flat
    • v.i Squash to form a soft mass as from a fall: to make a noise similar to such
    • n Squash a sudden fall or shock of soft bodies: anything soft and easily crushed, anything soft or unripe, as a peascod
    • n Squash skwosh a term loosely used, esp. in the United States, for two or three kinds of gourd, including the pumpkin.
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Quotations

  • Bob Boschert
    Bob Boschert
    “Silicon Valley is like a person running around in front of a steamroller. You can outrun the steamroller on any given day. But if you ever sit down you get squashed.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. squachen, OF. escachier, esquachier, to squash, to crush, F. écacher, perhaps from (assumed) LL. excoacticare, fr. L. ex, + coactare, to constrain, from cogere, coactum, to compel. Cf. Cogent Squat (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Amer. Ind. asquash (pl. of asq), green.

Usage

In literature:

Nancy and Flora were going through the garden, stepping between the squash and tomato vines.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
Cut the squash in thin slices and sprinkle with salt.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
He made rather a feeble demonstration, and it was speedily squashed, as we were awaiting it.
"Three years in France with the Guns:" by C. A. Rose
The squashes was musty afore they was brought into the house.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864" by Various
It was a happy day to Nat when he saw his squashes coming forth to seek the genial light.
"The Bobbin Boy" by William M. Thayer
Two pieces of your fattest and biggest squash pie; and a cup of tea, strong, for this gentleman.
"Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
I guess it must be squash, for he likes mam-ma's squash pies so much.
"Pages for Laughing Eyes" by Unknown
Later, when Chirpy Cricket met her, he asked her if she had seen her cousin who was spending the summer among the squash vines.
"The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug" by Arthur Scott Bailey
I am the prize, what-you-say, squash!
"The White Desert" by Courtney Ryley Cooper
The truck faltered as it hit the nearly finished obstacle, and Gordon felt his stomach squashing down onto the wheel.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
But General MacDonough, however, squashed all that.
"An Onlooker in France 1917-1919" by William Orpen
Her Second-Reader Conversation, complicated with the phoney Boston sound of "A" as in "Squash," did not improve her General Average.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
Have I been squashing your poor arm all the time?
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
He's got a map about as full of expression as the south side of a squash, Nimms.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
And the little Old Woman had squashed the soft cushion of the Middle-Sized Bear.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Logan Marshall
These bugs greatly prefer the squash as food.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
That was the way everything seemed to go; at tennis, at squash, at fencing, at billiards, it was all the same.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
One day I cooked a squash, putting the parings in a swill pail.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
His nose was squashed; one eye had been put out, and his teeth shattered.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
It is evident that they too made use of water in this manner for the growing of their corn and squashes.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
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In poetry:

The sun plays tennis in the court of Geneva
With the guts of a Finn and the head of an Emperor.
The sun plays squash in a tomb of marble,
The horses of Apocalypse are in his stable.
"Far-Darting Apollo" by Kathleen Raine
And when he's at sea He's so jolly and free
His spirit there's no fear of squashing
The waves wash the ship - And the waves wash the shore
And the sailor comes home with the washing.
"The Sailor Comes Home With The Washing" by T W Connor
I wouldn't buy no cursed drink
Fer any fightin' bloke!
Wot? Torkin' loud? Well, do yeh think
I'm 'shamed o' wot I shpoke?
I stansh on principle, by Gosh!
'Ere, 'ave anurrer lemin squash.
"The Bar-Room Patriot" by C J Dennis
T'were a thousand feet long and three hundred feet wide,
But one day while a big crowd observed it,
It fell off the nail, and squashed Uncle George,
And the blinking old liar deserved it
"St. George and the Dragon" by Weston and Lee
'Ave one wi' ush, Dan. Yoush a beer?
Yes, mine'sh a - wot-o, Jim!
Lesh innerjooce my cobber 'ere -
I'm buyin' squash fer 'im.
'E's sojer....Took a solemn vow:
I don't - (hic) - shoush fer soljersh now.
"The Bar-Room Patriot" by C J Dennis
I wouldn't shoush fer sojersh now -
Not fer a million poun'!
I bought 'im lemon-squash, ther cow,
And then 'e takesh me down!
Go fer the'r stummiscksh? 'Im? No fear!
Down wish er Kaiser! Mine'sh a beer.
"The Bar-Room Patriot" by C J Dennis

In news:

Then, Colette in Sylmar is looking for a recipe for macaroni and cheese that also calls for frozen squash and ricotta.
Enjoy a fall comfort food favorite, macaroni and cheese , with the addition of fresh butternut squash.
Butternut squash good for first or main course .
Former squash coach at Main Line private school sentenced for improper relationship with teen girl.
Todd Schulte's Roasted Butternut Squash Soup With Apple-Bacon Marmalade .
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup With Apple-Bacon Marmalade .
Mascarpone Butternut Squash Risotto.
Ethiopia Prime Minister Meles Zenawi granted and then squashed press freedoms, says an expert from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
I am struggling to keep my squash plants alive.
Winter Squash and Molasses Muffins.
It didn't take long for the Wildcats to squash those hopes.
Early in the summer, seek out baby squashes in a variety of shapes.
Combining these with halved larger squash makes a beautiful presentation on a bed of pasta.
But this recipe for Cheesy-Butternut-Squash- Pasta-Sauce has reeled me back in.
Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce recipe.
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In science:

As mentioned previously, this squashing transformation deforms a cohomogeneityone class of solutions such as five-dimensional rotating black holes with equal angular momenta into a cohomogeneity-one class of Kaluza-Klein type solutions.
Exact solutions of higher dimensional black holes
The relation between a cohomogeneity-one class of non-compactified solutions and squashed solutions: The five-dimensional solutions of Einstein theory, or supergravity in the right hand side can be obtained by squashing transformation from the corresponding solutions of the same theory in the left hand side.
Exact solutions of higher dimensional black holes
By this transformation, the metric of the unit round S 3 is deformed to the metric of a squashed S 3 for which the radius of S 2 is no longer equal to the radius of S 1 .
Exact solutions of higher dimensional black holes
For this reason, this is called the squashing transformation.
Exact solutions of higher dimensional black holes
Before considering such black hole solution in the G¨odel universe background, let us start from seeing the properties of the squashed G¨odel universe.
Exact solutions of higher dimensional black holes
We begin with the fivedimensional G¨odel universe since the rotating GPS monopole solutions are obtained by applying the squashing transformation to the five-dimensional supersymmetric G¨odel universe.
Exact solutions of higher dimensional black holes
We emphasize here again that CTCs which exist in the G¨odel universe, Eq. (3.77), now cease to exist as a result of the squashing transformation and the choice of the parameter range, Eq. (3.85).
Exact solutions of higher dimensional black holes
Squashed Kerr-G¨odel black hole solution: Now we present the squashed KerrG¨odel black hole solution49) to Eqs. (3.25)-(3.26), which describes a rotating black hole in the rotating GPS monopole background.
Exact solutions of higher dimensional black holes
This is the reason why one can obtain a Kaluza-Klein black hole solution without CTCs by performing the squashing transformation for the Kerr-G¨odel black hole solution with CTCs in the exterior region of the horizon.
Exact solutions of higher dimensional black holes
In Ref. 49), readers can find the squashed Kerr-Newman-G¨odel black hole solution which is a further generalization of the above solution to the charged case, and is specified by five parameters (m, a, j, q , r∞ ).
Exact solutions of higher dimensional black holes
In this review, we do not present the detail of the most general solution, but the squashed Reissner-Nordstr¨om which has the parameters (m, j, q , r∞ ) was studied in Ref. 51).
Exact solutions of higher dimensional black holes
Ergoregion: It is interesting to study the structure of ergoregions for the squashed Kerr-G¨odel solution.
Exact solutions of higher dimensional black holes
The angular momentum at infinity merely squashes the horizon, rather than rotates it.
Black hole solutions in string theory
This process is iteratively followed until all the input data are within a cluster radius of a cluster centre (Akbulut et al., 2004). A subtractive clustering implementation is based on the cluster radius, squash factor, accept ratio and reject ratio parameters (Akbulut et al., 2004).
Fuzzy Inference Systems Optimization
We give a short summary of our recent works on the classical integrable structure of two-dimensional non-linear sigma models defined on squashed three-dimensional spheres.
Hybrid classical integrable structure of squashed sigma models -- a short summary
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