Squinancy berries, black currants; — so called because used to cure the quinsy. Dr. Prior.

(Squinch) n. [Corrupted fr. sconce.] (Arch.) A small arch thrown across the corner of a square room to support a superimposed mass, as where an octagonal spire or drum rests upon a square tower; — called also sconce, and sconcheon.

(Squin"sy) n. (Med.) See Quinsy. [Obs.]

(Squint) a. [Cf. D. schuinte a slope, schuin, schuinisch, sloping, oblique, schuins slopingly. Cf. Askant, Askance, Asquint.]

1. Looking obliquely. Specifically (Med.), not having the optic axes coincident; — said of the eyes. See Squint, n., 2.

2. Fig.: Looking askance. "Squint suspicion." Milton.

(Squint), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Squinted; p. pr. & vb. n. Squinting.]

1. To see or look obliquely, asquint, or awry, or with a furtive glance.

Some can squint when they will.

2. (Med.) To have the axes of the eyes not coincident; — to be cross-eyed.

3. To deviate from a true line; to run obliquely.

(Squint), v. t.

1. To turn to an oblique position; to direct obliquely; as, to squint an eye.

2. To cause to look with noncoincident optic axes.

He . . . squints the eye, and makes the harelid.

(Squint), n.

1. The act or habit of squinting.

2. (Med.) A want of coincidence of the axes of the eyes; strabismus.

3. (Arch.) Same as Hagioscope.

(Squint"er) n. One who squints.

(Squint"-eye`) n. An eye that squints. Spenser.

(Squint"-eyed`) a.

1. Having eyes that quint; having eyes with axes not coincident; cross-eyed.

2. Looking obliquely, or asquint; malignant; as, squint-eyed praise; squint-eyed jealousy.

(Squint`i*fe"go) a. Squinting. [Obs. & R.]

(Squint"ing) a. & n. from Squint, v.Squint"ing*ly, adv.

2. (Bot.) A European perennial herb (Asperula cynanchica) with narrowly linear whorled leaves; — formerly thought to cure the quinsy. Also called quincewort.

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