squinch

squinch
squinch
squinch1 [skwinch]
n.
[var. of scunch, contr. < LME scuncheon < OFr escoinson < es- (< L ex-) + coin, corner: see COIN]
an interior corner support, as a small arch, corbeling, or lintel, supporting a weight, as of a spire, resting upon it
☆ squinch2 [skwinch ]
vt.
[ SQUINT + (P)INCH]
1.
a) to squint (the eyes)
b) to pucker or screw up (the face, nose, brow, etc.)
2. to squeeze or compress
vi.
1. to squint, pucker, or contort
2. to crouch down or draw oneself together so as to seem smaller
3. to flinch: Often with up, down, or away

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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