Heather recently wrote that she squinched as she tasted something that was not particularly pleasant. I knew immediately what she meant even though I had never heard the word before and wondered, momentarily if it was an invention of hers. It isn't Heather's invention; or if it is she's been lying about her age - it was first recorded in 1835. It probably originated as a combination of the words squint and pinch.
As a verb it means to screw up one's face or eyes.
It also can mean to crouch down or squash oneself into a small space; to squeeze; to pinch; or to draw together.
It is also a noun in which case it refersnot only to a screwed up face but also to a structure, such as a section of vaulting or corbeling, set diagonally across the interior angle between two walls to provide a transition from a square to a polygonal or more nearly circular base on which to construct a dome.
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