ex + coactare to constrain, from cogere, coactum, to compel. Cf. Cogent, Squat, v. i.] To beat or
press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.
1. Something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of pease.
Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a boy; as a squash is before 't is a peascod.Shak.
2. Hence, something unripe or soft; used in contempt. "This squash, this gentleman." Shak.
3. A sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies. Arbuthnot.
My fall was stopped by a terrible squash.Swift.
(Squash"er) n. One who, or that which, squashes.
(Squash"i*ness) n. The quality or state of being squashy, or soft.
(Squash"y) a. Easily squashed; soft.
(Squat) n. (Zoöl.) The angel fish
(Squat), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Squatted; p. pr. & vb. n. Squatting.] [OE. squatten to crush, OF.
esquater, esquatir perhaps fr. L. ex + coactus, p. p. cogere to drive or urge together. See Cogent,
Squash, v. t.]
1. To sit down upon the hams or heels; as, the savages squatted near the fire.
2. To sit close to the ground; to cower; to stoop, or lie close, to escape observation, as a partridge or
3. To settle on another's land without title; also, to settle on common or public lands.
(Squat), v. t. To bruise or make flat by a fall. [Obs.]
1. Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering; crouching.
Him there they found,Milton.
Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve.
2. Short and thick, like the figure of an animal squatting. "The round, squat turret." R. Browning.
The head [of the squill insect] is broad and squat.Grew.
1. The posture of one that sits on his heels or hams, or close to the ground.
2. A sudden or crushing fall. [Obs.] erbert.
3. (Mining) (a) A small vein of ore. (b) A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar. Halliwell. Woodward.
Squat snipe (Zoöl.), the jacksnipe; called also squatter. [Local, U.S.]
(Squat"er*ole) n. (Zoöl.) The black-bellied plover.