squinch

Definitions:

  • To squeeze, twist, or draw together.
  • A structure, such as a section of vaulting or corbeling, set diagonally across the interior angle between two walls to provide a transition from a square to a polygonal or more nearly circular base on which to construct a dome.
  • In <em>architecture</em>, 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.
  • A dialectal variant of <internalXref urlencoded="quince">quince</internalXref>.
  • 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 <altname>sconce</altname>, and <altname>sconcheon</altname>.
  • A <xref>structure</xref> <xref>constructed</xref> between two <xref>adjacent</xref> <xref>walls</xref> to <xref>aid</xref> in the <xref>transition</xref> from a <xref>polygonal</xref> to a <xref>circular</xref> structure; as when a <xref>dome</xref> is constructed on top of a <xref>square</xref> <xref>room</xref>.
  • to scrunch up (one's face)
  • crouch down
  • cross one's eyes as if in strabismus
  • a small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire)
  • draw back, as with fear or pain
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