• WordNet 3.6
    • v squinch cross one's eyes as if in strabismus "The children squinted so as to scare each other"
    • v squinch draw back, as with fear or pain "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
    • v squinch crouch down
    • n squinch a small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Squinch skwĭnch (Arch) A small arch thrown across the corner of a square room to support a superimposed mass, as where an octagonal spire or drum rests upon a square tower; -- called also sconce, and sconcheon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n squinch In architecture, a small arch, or a series of arches, corbeled out, thrown across an angle, as in a square tower to support the side of a superimposed octagon. In Western architecture it is frequent as performing the function of the Eastern pendentive. The application of the term may be due to the resemblance of this structure to a corner upboard, which was also called squinch or sconce. See cut in next column.
    • n squinch A dialectal variant of quince.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Squinch skwinch a small stone arch, or series of arches, across an interior angle of a square tower to support the sides of an octagonal spire.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Corrupted fr. sconce,


In literature:

Then," says Jake, squinching up his eyes, "people trusts you and you get a good chancet to make money.
"Danny's Own Story" by Don Marquis
I'm peaceable enough if let alone; but he who endivors to burn this block over my head will find the fire squinched in his own blood.
"The Pathfinder" by James Fenimore Cooper
It squinched her right up, 'n' she kicked some, 'n' mooed some, 'n' bust the wheel some, 'n' died.
"Susan Clegg and Her Friend Mrs. Lathrop" by Anne Warner
Okada rose and bowed his squinch-owl bow.
"The Pride of Palomar" by Peter B. Kyne
He must a got his thirst squinched by dat time.
"Aunt Phillis's Cabin" by Mary H. Eastman
The squinches which supported this spire may still be seen in the upper stage just described.
"Bell's Cathedrals: Wimborne Minster and Christchurch Priory" by Thomas Perkins
Small indigenous birds, such as titmice, chipmunks, pipits and squinches, are constantly seen in coveys or even bevies just now.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, November 24, 1920" by Various
The old fellow is very superstitious and firmly believes that the "squinch" owl's note is a "sho sign o' death.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
An' Mike Hinch, with a foretop of thick black hair that hung down over his eyes so it looked like he had to squinch down to see in under it.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
You know w'at de jay-bird say ter der squinch owl!
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris