- 1 [no object] Look at someone or something with one or both eyes partly closed in an attempt to see more clearly or as a reaction to strong light: the bright sun made them squintMore example sentences
- I heard a humming and the dozen fluorescent lights started to flicker on and I blinked, squinting at the bright light.
- Shading my eyes from the glare of the sun, I squinted to see more clearly.
- Though smiling, he was squinting hard in the strong light and looked distinctly uncomfortable.
- 1.1 [with object] Partly close (one’s eyes) in an attempt to see more clearly or as a reaction to strong light.More example sentences
- Ivya grew closer and closer, squinting her eyes to make out the figure.
- The door slammed closed and he squinted his eyes against the pain.
- Stifling a cry, I squinted my eyes closed and bit my lower lip.
- 2.1(Of a person’s eye) have a deviation in the direction of its gaze: her left eye squinted slightlyMore example sentences
- The process of exclusion affects not only the squinting eye, but also in part the one that does not squint.
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- 1 [in singular] A permanent deviation in the direction of the gaze of one eye: I had a bad squintMore example sentences
- It is usually caused by a squint in one eye, which means the eyes look in different directions.
- If corrective spectacles are not worn this convergent squint may become permanent.
- Strabismic amblyopia usually presents with a visible squint, but refractive amblyopia or a small angle strabismus may not be detected until it is too late for treatment to be effective.
- 2 [in singular] • informal A quick or casual look: let me have a squintMore example sentences
- A quick squint at lunchtime allows residents of this upmarket pile to decide whether or not there is someone sufficiently interesting there to make the short walk down the Mound worthwhile.
- And a quick squint at his press clippings suggests that the way he earns his living is indeed scandalous.
- A quick squint in my mirror and I can just make out a Caterham hurtling up behind me.
- 3An oblique opening through a wall in a church permitting a view of the altar from an aisle or side chapel.More example sentences
- The squint in the title of the play at Chelsea Theatre, is mainly one of those narrow slots in a wall in mediaeval churches where people excluded from the service can watch the Mass.
- There is a blocked squint, of uncertain date, in the north wall just as you enter the chancel around which careful searching will reveal some Civil War graffiti.
- The squint gave a view of the altar to parishioners sitting in the lost north transept.
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- The squinters usually continue their surveillance in silence for a moment or two.
- Furthermore, surveys of Americans between the ages of 24 and 35 tell us that squinters are boring and unattractive.
- Whether blind as bats or merely squinters, people with less than 20/20 vision endure a lot to improve their view of the world.
- [often in combination]: squinty-eyedMore example sentences
- Stoic and economical in his movements, expressing emotional pain through tight-lipped grimaces and squinty eyes, Mortenson is the perfect cowboy hero.
- Elam's portrayals of sinister thugs, gangsters and gunslingers were aided immeasurably by his squinty, wandering left eye.
- And even as I am relating this story I know you are looking upon me with great anger in your squinty, beady eyes.