• WordNet 3.6
    • adj squat having a low center of gravity; built low to the ground
    • adj squat short and thick; as e.g. having short legs and heavy musculature "some people seem born to be square and chunky","a dumpy little dumpling of a woman","dachshunds are long lowset dogs with drooping ears","a little church with a squat tower","a squatty red smokestack","a stumpy ungainly figure"
    • v squat sit on one's heels "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting","The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm"
    • v squat occupy (a dwelling) illegally
    • v squat be close to the earth, or be disproportionately wide "The building squatted low"
    • n squat the act of assuming or maintaining a crouching position with the knees bent and the buttocks near the heels
    • n squat exercising by repeatedly assuming a crouching position with the knees bent; strengthens the leg muscles
    • n squat a small worthless amount "you don't know jack"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: American colonists discovered that superior candles could be made from the fruit of a squat bush growing in the sand dunes along the New England seashore. The small, grayish bayberry was picked, crushed, and boiled. It had to be skimmed several times before the pale, nearly transparent, green fat was sufficiently refined. Bayberry candles were highly prized, because so much labor and so many berries were needed to make just one candle.
    • Squat (Mining) A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar.
    • Squat (Mining) A small vein of ore.
    • Squat A sudden or crushing fall.
    • Squat Short and thick, like the figure of an animal squatting. "The round, squat turret.""The head [of the squill insect] is broad and squat ."
    • Squat Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering; crouching. "Him there they found, Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve."
    • n Squat skwŏt (Zoöl) The angel fish (Squatina angelus).
    • Squat The posture of one that sits on his heels or hams, or close to the ground.
    • v. t Squat To bruise or make flat by a fall.
    • Squat To settle on another's land without title; also, to settle on common or public lands.
    • Squat To sit close to the ground; to cower; to stoop, or lie close, to escape observation, as a partridge or rabbit.
    • Squat To sit down upon the hams or heels; as, the savages squatted near the fire.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • squat To lay flat; flatten; crush; bruise.
    • squat To compress.
    • squat To make quiet. Compare squatting-pill.
    • squat To quash; annul.
    • squat To put or set on the buttocks; cause to cower or crouch close to the ground; used reflexively.
    • squat To sit close to the ground; crouch; cower; said of animals; sit down upon the buttocks with the knees drawn up or with the legs crossed: said of a human being: as, to squat down on one's hams.
    • squat To settle on land, especially public or new lands, without any title or right: as, to squat upon a piece of common. See squatter.
    • squat To settle by the stern, as a boat.
    • squat Flattened; hence, short and thick, like the figure of an animal squatting.
    • squat Sitting close to the ground; crouched; cowering; sitting on the buttocks with the knees drawn up or with the legs crossed.
    • n squat A bruise caused by a fall.
    • n squat The posture of one who or that which squats.
    • n squat A short, stout person.
    • n squat A small mass or bunch of ore in a vein.
    • squat To splash.
    • n squat The angel-fish, Squatina angelus.
    • squat To settle on land obtained, from the government on special terms, for the purpose of raising stock. See squattage and squatter, 4.
    • n squat Nautical, the settling of a vessel, when under way, in the water, particularly at the stern, as compared with its position at rest. The phenomenon occurs to some extent in every vessel under way at high speed, but it is of importance only in shallow water, the depth of which is not much greater than the draft of the vessel. In such cases, in large vessels, the sinking of the stern may be from 2 to 6 feet with very moderate speeds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Squat skwot to sit down upon the hams or heels: to cower, as an animal: to settle on new land without title
    • pr.p Squat squat′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. squat′ted
    • adj Squat short and thick, dumpy, clumsy
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  • Philip Larkin
    Philip Larkin
    “Why should I let the toad work Squat on my life? Can't I use my wit as a pitchfork and drive the brute off?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. squatten, to crush, OF. esquater, esquatir,cf. It. quatto, squat, cowering), perhaps fr. L. ex, + coactus, p. p. of cogere, to drive or urge together. See Cogent Squash (v. t.)


In literature:

The craft, squat to the water and railed on either side, was in the charge of an old negro.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
On this high point of vantage they squatted down and watched our proceedings below with the greatest interest.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The Sioux owned it and never passed on the trail that led by it without squatting in a circle facing it, smoking their pipes.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Purdy noticed that he was a squat man, and that the legs of his leather chaps bowed prodigiously.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
His followers squatted around him.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The villagers stand or squat around intently listening.
"The Buddha" by Paul Carus
Here is that clearing, and the squatting black men.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
These, too, Earle carefully examined before proceeding, and then the two friends went on to the spot where Dick had seen the thing squatting.
"In Search of El Dorado" by Harry Collingwood
The savages squat around them, cooking their suppers.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Boyd squatted by his side, a folded sheet of paper in his hand.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton

In poetry:

He gived a bit
And then a lot,
And at the finish
Down he squat.
"Old Cob Wall" by Cicely Fox Smith
It squatted there with calm sublime,
Amid their cruel guying;
Grave as a god, and all the time
It knew that it was dying.
"The Smoking Frog" by Robert W Service
It did not wink, it did not shrink,
As there serene it squatted'
Its eyes were clear, it did not fear
The fate the Gods allotted.
"The Smoking Frog" by Robert W Service
He was squat on a bank where a self—taught stream,
Fingering flint and pebble,
Was playing in tune to the yaffel's scream,
And the shake of the throstle's treble.
"An April Fool" by Alfred Austin
He'd clamber a mountain and squat on the ground,
And the neighbouring maidens would gather around
To list to the pipes and to gaze in his een,
"Ellen McJones Aberdeen" by William Schwenck Gilbert
There is snow on the ground,
And the valleys are cold,
And a midnight profound
Blackly squats o'er the wold;
But a light on the hilltops half-seen hints of
feastings unhallowed and old.
"Festival" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

In news:

Watch Sky Squat in the Fitness Magazine Video.
Watch Split Squat in the Fitness Magazine Video.
Monster Training Tip Of The Day-Always Use A Spotter When Doing Squats.
Think of hill sprints – running fast uphill for five to 45 seconds – as a marriage between leg squats and track sprints .
Description Add variety to your walk while you tone and strengthen your body with by adding side squats .
Stretch your arms out in front of you for added balance during squats .
There are no shortcuts to a more toned rear end, but squats are a proven secret to success.
Hitting a wall with your squats .
We asked Steve DiLello CPT, CKT, Director of Strength and Conditioning at Total Performance Sports, for the reasons why shoulder flexibility is such a key component to successful squatting and how to make it work for you.
Monster Training Tip Of The Day-Always Use A Spotter When Doing Squats .
"You have to be a special kind of person to be squatting like this," he says, pointing out what's apparent.
Kettlebell Deadlift and Squat Reps: 3 x 15.
Continue the sequence of jumps and squats until you reach the end of the ladder.
Trainer Carl Causly demonstrates a jump squat exercise.
This variation of a squat develops the thigh muscles, hamstrings and calves, while providing a good cardio workout.

In science:

Two distinct jumping modes emerge: a simple jump which is optimal above f0 is achievable with a squat maneuver, and a peculiar stutter jump which is optimal below f0 is generated with a counter-movement. A simple dynamical model reveals how optimal lift-off results from non-resonant transient dynamics.
Lift-off dynamics in a simple jumping robot