(Squin"y) v. i. To squint. [Obs.] Shak.
(Squin"zey) n. (Med.) See Quinsy. [Obs.]
(Squir) v. t. To throw with a jerk; to throw edge foremost. [Obs.] [Written also squirr.] Addison.
(Squir"al*ty) n. Same as Squirarchy.
That such weight and influence be put thereby into the hands of the squiralty of my kingdom.Sterne.
(Squir"arch) n. [Squire + - arch.] One who belongs to the squirarchy. Squir"arch*al a.
(Squir"arch*y) n. [Squire + -archy.] The gentlemen, or gentry, of a country, collectively.
[Written also squirearchy.]
(Squire) n. [OF. esquierre, F. équerre. See Square, n.] A square; a measure; a rule. [Obs.]
"With golden squire." Spenser.
(Squire), n. [Aphetic form of esquire.]
1. A shield-bearer or armor- bearer who attended a knight.
2. A title of dignity next in degree below knight, and above gentleman. See Esquire. [Eng.] "His privy
knights and squires." Chaucer.
3. A male attendant on a great personage; also a devoted attendant or follower of a lady; a beau.
4. A title of office and courtesy. See under Esquire.
(Squire), v. t. [imp. & p. p. squired ; p. pr. & vb. n. squiring.]
1. To attend as a squire. Chaucer.
2. To attend as a beau, or gallant, for aid and protection; as, to squire a lady. [Colloq.] Goldsmith.
(Squir*een") n. One who is half squire and half farmer; used humorously. [Eng.] C. Kingsley.
(Squire"hood) n. The rank or state of a squire; squireship. Swift.
(squire"ling) n. A petty squire. Tennyson.
(Squire"ly), a. & adv. Becoming a squire; like a squire.
(squire"ship), n. Squirehood.
(Squirm) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Squirmed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Squirming.] [Cf. Swarm to climb a
tree.] To twist about briskly with contorions like an eel or a worm; to wriggle; to writhe.
(Squirr) v. t. See Squir.
(Squir"rel) (skwer"rel or skwir"-; 277), n. [OE. squirel, OF. esquirel, escurel, F. écureuil, LL.
squirelus, squirolus, scuriolus, dim. of L. sciurus, Gr. si`oyros; skia` shade + o'yra` tail. Cf. Shine,
1. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of small rodents belonging to the genus Sciurus and several
allied genera of the family Sciuridæ. Squirrels generally have a bushy tail, large erect ears, and strong
hind legs. They are commonly arboreal in their habits, but many species live in burrows.