- A straight or arched structure across an interior angle of a square tower to carry a superstructure such as a dome.More example sentences
- Bam provided a veritable encyclopaedia of such historic structural elements: varieties of sun-dried mud brick squinches and vaults, many with the inclined arched technique recently used by Hassan Fathy.
- First started in the tomb of Iltutmish, the weight of the dome is transferred to the square base by the same mechanism - the squinch.
- They experimented with devices for the reflection and refraction of light: mosaics were placed in carefully constructed squinches and pendentifs, in curved apses, in domes; even on flat surfaces, curved setting beds were employed.
late 15th century: alteration of obsolete scunch, abbreviation of scuncheon.
verb[with object] chiefly North American
- 1Tense up the muscles of (one’s eyes or face): Gina squinched her face upMore example sentences
- She looked at him inquisitively, squinching her eyes, deciding against the kick.
- I refuse to try on something like that,’ she squinched her eyes closed and made a cross with her fingers and giggled.
- She squinched her eyes tight so she wouldn't cry.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of a person’s eyes) narrow so as to be almost closed, typically in reaction to strong light: he flicked on the light, which made my eyes squinch upMore example sentences
- Bob's round features squinched up as he chided, ‘You said a potty word.’
- 1.2 [no object] Crouch down in order to make oneself seem smaller or to occupy less space: I squinched down under the sheetMore example sentences
- So there was, of course, no other alternative than to hide away on a cot, squinched to the wall as far as I could go.