• WordNet 3.6
    • n squatter someone who settles on land without right or title
    • n squatter someone who settles lawfully on government land with the intent to acquire title to it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Squatter One who squats; "In such a tract, squatters and trespassers were tolerated to an extent now unknown."
    • Squatter (Zoöl) See Squat snipe, under Squat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n squatter One who or that which squats.
    • n squatter One who settles on new land, particularly on public land, without a title.
    • n squatter Hence One who or that which assumes domiciliary rights without a title.
    • n squatter One who obtains from the government a right of pasturage on moderate terms; also, any stock-owner.
    • n squatter In ornithology, same as krieker.
    • squatter To plunge into or through water.
    • squatter To make a noise like a flock of wild fowl flapping their wings against or through the water.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Squatter a settler on new land without title: one who leases pasture-land from the government
    • v.i Squatter skwot′ėr to plunge through water.
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In literature:

The squatter leant toward her with uplifted hands, loyally concerned for no one and for nothing else.
"Stingaree" by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
In July, a squatter on Meroo Creek found a mass of virgin gold weighing above a hundred pounds.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
At one end of the table, sat a squatter of collosal size, whose features were hardly discernible from the hair that almost covered his face.
"Fern Vale (Volume 1)" by Colin Munro
The first step when a labourer intends to become a squatter is to enclose the strip of land which he has chosen.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
My master owns the land, and your father has been ordered to drive off these English squatters.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
The squatter who occupied lands without title had always been an obstacle to uniform administration.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
Two squatters had occupied lands not far from each other, and within some eight or ten miles of a small town.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
It is easier to say why a squatter's cabin is not there.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
She claimed squatters' rights on every bit of shaded pasture, or sunlit glade, or singing brook her heart rejoiced in.
"Seven Miles to Arden" by Ruth Sawyer

In poetry:

Then on the squatter’s brow the frown
Went blacker still and blacker;
He sent a man to bring from town
A trooper and a tracker.
"The Squatter’s Daughter" by Henry Lawson
ARMING down along the stream,
Along the sparkling water,
And past the pool where lilies gleam,
There comes the squatter’s daughter.
"O Cupid, Cupid; Get Your Bow!" by Henry Lawson
This squatter had a lovely child—
An angel bright we thought her;
And all the stockmen rude and wild
Adored the squatter’s daughter.
"The Squatter’s Daughter" by Henry Lawson
“Are you the Cove?” his voice was stern,
His look was firm and keen;
Again the Squatter made reply,
"I don’t know what you mean."
"Are you the Cove?" by Joseph Furphy
No brand of Cain e'er stamped his brow,
No widow's curse did fall:
When tales are read, the squatters' dread
Will still be bold Ben Hall.
"Death of Ben Hall" by Anonymous Oceania
The Squatter he was full of pluck,
The Cornstalks they were full of sin,
The well it was half full of muck
That many rains had drifted in.
"The Squatter, Three Cornstalks, and the Well" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Palo Alto residents have something else to watch for besides burglars these days — squatters.
Couple loses land to squatter 's rights law.
French Gov't Closes Paris Squatter Havens.
Squatter Finally Finds Reason To Put Tunnel Life Behind Him.
Gilbert, president of the Celebrations Homeowners Association, has patrolled his neighborhood almost every day, called police and confronted squatters to keep unlawful residents out.
Two to four nights a week, for the last couple years, he's gone to neighborhoods around San Francisco, locating and opening vacant buildings for squatters to live in.
In a handful of cases, squatters entered homes that weren't abandoned, but left empty for a few days.
But as Kate Davidson reports, they're not squatters …they're blotters.
They're not squatters … they're blotters.
Photographer, artist, dance performer, activist and squatter.
Artist-photographer, poledancer and activist squatter.
It is being promoted by the likes of Madame Brenda, squatter Z.
Knife-wielding squatter named Angel attacks repairmen & other strange crimes.
Squatter considered suspect in air-conditioning thefts.
After RCMP left in 1971, mansion was used and abused by filmmakers, squatters and vandals.