from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To squeeze, twist, or draw together: squinched her eyes shut.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A structure constructed between two adjacent walls to aid in the transition from a polygonal to a circular structure; as when a dome is constructed on top of a square room.
- v. to scrunch up (one's face)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, a small arch, or a series of arches, corbeled out, thrown across an angle, as in a square tower to support the side of a superimposed octagon.
- n. A dialectal variant of quince.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. crouch down
- v. cross one's eyes as if in strabismus
- n. a small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire)
- v. draw back, as with fear or pain
Alteration of scuncheon, from Middle English sconchon, from Old French escoinson : es-, out of (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + coin, angle, wedge; see coin.
Alteration of squint.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)