squint

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj squint (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy "her eyes with their misted askance look"- Elizabeth Bowen","sidelong glances"
    • v squint cross one's eyes as if in strabismus "The children squinted so as to scare each other"
    • v squint partly close one's eyes, as when hit by direct blinding light "The driver squinted as the sun hit his windshield"
    • v squint be cross-eyed; have a squint or strabismus
    • n squint the act of squinting; looking with the eyes partly closed
    • n squint abnormal alignment of one or both eyes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Squint (Med) A want of coincidence of the axes of the eyes; strabismus.
    • Squint Looking askance. "Squint suspicion."
    • Squint (Med) Looking obliquely.
    • Squint (Arch) Same as Hagioscope.
    • Squint The act or habit of squinting.
    • Squint To cause to look with noncoincident optic axes. "He . . . squints the eye, and makes the harelid."
    • Squint To deviate from a true line; to run obliquely.
    • Squint 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."
    • Squint (Med) To have the axes of the eyes not coincident; to be cross-eyed.
    • Squint To look with the eyes partly closed.
    • Squint To see or look obliquely, asquint, or awry, or with a furtive glance. "Some can squint when they will."
    • Squint To turn to an oblique position; to direct obliquely; as, to squint an eye.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • squint Looking different ways; characterized by non-coincidence of the optic axes; affected with strabismus: said of eyes.
    • squint That looks or is directed obliquely; looking askance; indirect; oblique; sinister.
    • n squint An affection of the eyes, consisting in non-coincidence of the optic axes; a squint eye; strabismus (which see).
    • n squint An oblique or furtive look; a furtive glance; hence (colloquially), a leaning, an inclination: as, he had a decided squint toward democracy.
    • n squint In architecture, an oblique opening through the walls of some old churches, usually having for its object to enable a person in the transepts or aisles to see the elevation of the host at the high altar. The usual situation for a squint is on one or both sides of the chancel arch; but they are also found in other positions, though always directed toward an altar. Generally they are not above a yard high, and 2 feet wide, but sometimes they form narrow arches 10 or 12 feet in height, as at Minster-Lovel, Oxfordshire. The name hagioscope is sometimes applied to them.
    • squint To look askew, or with the eyes differently directed; look askance.
    • squint To be affected with strabismus.
    • squint To run or be directed obliquely; have an indirect reference or bearing.
    • squint To render squint or oblique; affect with strabismus.
    • squint To turn, cast, or direct obliquely.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Squint skwint looking obliquely: having the vision distorted
    • v.i Squint to look obliquely: to have the vision distorted
    • v.t Squint to cause to squint
    • n Squint act or habit of squinting: an oblique look: distortion of vision: a hagioscope, a narrow aperture cut in the wall of a church (generally about two feet wide) to enable persons standing in the side-chapels, &c., to see the elevation of the host at the high-altar
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Better see rightly on a pound a week than squint on a million.”
  • Duchess Abrantes
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    “Prejudice squints when it looks and lies when it talks.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. schuinte, a slope, schuin, schuinsch, sloping, oblique, schuins, slopingly. Cf. Askant Askance Asquint

Usage

In literature:

Neither Malachi nor I had ever seen a squinting dog before.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
From time to time they held some rare vintage aloft, squinting through the crystal-imprisoned crimson with deep content.
"The Tracer of Lost Persons" by Robert W. Chambers
You said she had yellow eyes, red hair and a squint.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
They looked up, squinting their eyes against the dazzle of the fire.
"The California Birthday Book" by Various
Scattergood wriggled his toes furiously and squinted his eyes.
"Scattergood Baines" by Clarence Budington Kelland
See, he does squint most amazingly.
"A Prince of Cornwall" by Charles W. Whistler
Being born with a double squint, I was operated on at 21/2 and again at 31/2 years of age, with excellent result.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
If yer ketch up with ther coyote, bring him in an' let us have a good squint at him.
"Ted Strong's Motor Car" by Edward C. Taylor
A blind man should not blame his brother for squinting, and he who has lost his legs should not sneer at the lame.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
Solomon squinted with his rifle eye as if he were taking careful aim at a small mark.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
His eyes had a periodical squint; his brows wore a persistent frown.
"Aunt Jane's Nieces in the Red Cross" by Edith Van Dyne
It squints,' says she.
"Biltmore Oswald" by J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
He stopped where he was, squinting into the cabin, smiling still.
"Skyrider" by B. M. Bower
And say, if your man's one that hangs out here you can bank on Squint to give you the story of his life.
"Wilt Thou Torchy" by Sewell Ford
The naive, smiling, somewhat squinting black eyes still looked up; she wore a clean white apron, as before.
"The Awakening" by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
She gave a half-indifferent, half-scornful squint at the partridges.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Cochrane squinted at it with light-dazzled eyes.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Physical treatment may begin with such a rubbing of the head as is recommended in Eyes, Squinting.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Lea blinked and squinted at the leathery shape on the summit of the dune.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
I knew you were a real gent the first squint I got of you.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
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In poetry:

Tell me a word
that you've often heard,
yet it makes you squint
when you see it in print!
"Conundrums" by D H Lawrence
She'd a slight squint in her left eye,
Her lips they were thin and small,
She had narrow sloping shoulders
And she had no bust at all.
"Miss Gee" by W H Auden
And all outrageous ugliness of time,
Excess and Blasphemy and squinting Crime
Beset me, but I kept my calm sublime:
I hate them not, Nirvana.
"Nirvana" by Sidney Lanier
Who face the future's darkest hints
With giggles or with prairie squints
As stout as Cortez,
And those who like myself turn pale
As we approach with ragged sail
The fattening forties.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden
Yet here, now, is my home. The squint of my eyes
Comes from the common light. I lift my face
Full to the day's drive and and the wind blowing.
I drink the bubbling water of this place.
"For 1939" by Paul Engle
"Goog, goo," 'e sez, and curls 'is cunnin' toes.
Yeh'd be su'prised the 'eaps o' things 'e knows.
I'll swear 'e tumbles I'm 'is father, too;
The way 'e squints at me, an' sez "Goog, goo."
"The Kid " by C J Dennis

In news:

Greg Scott took a moment to inhale calmly, beads of sweat chasing down his white, bald head and into the creases of his squinting blue eyes.
You'll have to look closely for this one, but it's worth the squint: At the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan.
EDWARD WOZNY STOOD squinting at the sun as crowds of people excused themselves past him in both directions.
He squinted his eyes against the sun and briefly looked up at the.
I squint in the direction from which the bus will arrive, trying to see around a tree, past a mailbox, over a hill.
A SMALL SMILE started to spread across Officer Javier Cortes' face as he squinted in the midday sun.
If you squint real hard while watching USC, you can mistake Matt Barkley's cardinal jersey for Joe Naimath's crimson Alabama jersey.
Squinting to see Cardinals' QB timeline.
Lucas Duda squinted into the morning glare.
His eyes are squinted and cheeks balled by the force of his unrelenting smile.
The real reason you're squinting at the screen.
Officers say a man dropped to a knee, squinted and took aim at them after they had identified themselves.
Just enough to almost make you pucker, but not enough to make you squint.
That is how I judge all my sour-worthy treats, on the pucker and the squint.
If you really squint, do you see a Remixed CRX as Tom Cruise might have driven in Minority Report.
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In science:

This can be achieved by squinting the eyes as well.
Stereography using a single lens
There are viewing softwares and stereoscopes available in market to perceive the stereographs without squinting the eyes.
Stereography using a single lens
Binocular interaction in striate cortex of kittens reared with artiļ¬cial squint. J.
Texture synthesis and nonparametric resampling of random fields
This often is called eyeballing or squinting.
Recommended Practices for Spreadsheet Testing
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