squat

squat
squat [skwät]
vi.
squatted, squatting [ME squatten < MFr esquatir < es- (L ex-), intens. + quatir, to press flat < VL * coactire < L coactus, pp. of cogere, to force, compress: see COGENT]
1. to crouch so as to sit on the heels with the knees bent and the weight resting on the balls of the feet
2. to crouch or cower close to the ground: said of an animal
3. to settle on land, esp. public or unoccupied land, without right or title
4. to settle on public land under regulation by the government, in order to get title to it
5. to occupy illegally an empty, abandoned, or condemned house, building, apartment, etc.
vt.
to cause to squat: usually reflexive
adj.
squatter, squattest
1. crouched in a squatting position
2. short and heavy or thick
n.
1. the act of squatting
2. the position taken in squatting; crouching posture
3. a dwelling used by a squatter
4. Slang
a) anything: used in a negative construction signifying “nothing or a very small amount” [he doesn't know squat about it]
b) nothing
5. Weight Lifting a type of exercise in which a person holding a barbell at shoulder height squats, then stands erect
squatly
adv.
squatness
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • squat — [ skwat ] n. m. • v. 1975; de squatter ♦ Anglic. 1 ♦ Occupation d un immeuble par des squatteurs. 2 ♦ Habitation occupée par un squatteur. ● squat nom masculin (anglais to squat, s asseoir sur les talons) Action de squatter une habitation.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • squat´ly — squat «skwot», verb, squat|ted or squat, squat|ting, adjective, noun. –v.i. 1. to sit on the heels; crouch: »He found it difficult to squat on his heels for more than a few minutes …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Squat — Squat, n. 1. The posture of one that sits on his heels or hams, or close to the ground. [1913 Webster] 2. A sudden or crushing fall. [Obs.] Herbert. [1913 Webster] 3. (Mining) (a) A small vein of ore. (b) A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Squat — (skw[o^]t), n. (Zo[ o]l.) The angel fish ({Squatina angelus}). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Squat — Squat, v. t. To bruise or make flat by a fall. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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