There are 2 definitions of squinch in English:

squinch1

Syllabification: squinch
Pronunciation: /skwinCH
 
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noun

  • A straight or arched structure across an interior angle of a square tower to carry a superstructure such as a dome.
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    • 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.

Origin

late 15th century: alteration of obsolete scunch, abbreviation of scuncheon.

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There are 2 definitions of squinch in English:

squinch2

Syllabification: squinch
Pronunciation: /
 
skwinCH/

verb

[with object] chiefly North American
  • 1Tense up the muscles of (one’s eyes or face): Gina squinched her face up
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    • 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 up
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    • 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 sheet
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    • 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.

Origin

early 19th century: perhaps a blend of the verbs squeeze and pinch.

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Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrəˈgāSHən
noun
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space