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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various tendril-bearing plants of the genus Cucurbita, having fleshy edible fruit with a leathery rind and unisexual flowers.
  • n. The fruit of any of these plants, eaten as a vegetable.
  • transitive v. To beat, squeeze, or press into a pulp or a flattened mass; crush. See Synonyms at crush.
  • transitive v. To put down or suppress; quash: squash a revolt.
  • transitive v. To silence or fluster, as with crushing words: squash a heckler.
  • intransitive v. To become crushed, flattened, or pulpy, as by pressure or impact.
  • intransitive v. To move with a splashing or sucking sound, as when walking through boggy ground.
  • n. The act or sound of squashing.
  • n. The fact or condition of being squashed.
  • n. A crushed or crowded mass: a squash of people.
  • n. Sports A racket game played in a closed walled court with a rubber ball.
  • n. Chiefly British A citrus-based soft drink.
  • adv. With a squashing sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sport played in a walled court with a soft rubber ball and bats like tennis racquets.
  • n. A soft drink made from a fruit-based concentrate diluted with water.
  • n. A place or a situation where people have limited space to move.
  • n. Something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of peas.
  • n. Something unripe or soft.
  • n. A sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies.
  • v. To beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.
  • v. To compress or restrict (oneself) into a small space; to squeeze.
  • n. (botany) A plant and its fruit of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind.
  • n. The edible fruit of this plant, or this fruit prepared as a dish.
  • n. Muskrat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An American animal allied to the weasel.
  • n. A plant and its fruit of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind.
  • transitive v. To beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.
  • n. Something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of pease.
  • n. Hence, something unripe or soft; -- used in contempt.
  • n. A sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies.
  • n. A game much like rackets, played in a walled court with soft rubber balls and bats like tennis rackets; -- called also squash rackets.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To crush; smash; beat or press into pulp or a flat mass.
  • To splash; make a splashing sound.
  • n. Something soft and easily crushed; something unripe and soft; especially, an unripe pea-pod.
  • n. Something that has been crushed into a soft mass.
  • n. A sudden fall of a heavy soft body; a shock of soft bodies.
  • n. The fruit of an annual plant of the gourd kind, belonging to one of several species of the genus Cucurbita; also, the plant itself.
  • n. The musquash or muskrat, Fiber zibethicus.
  • n. An indoor or court game developed from a combination of lawn-tennis and court-tennis. The court is walled on three sides, and the players strike a ball alternately above a certain line on the back wall. The ball is similar to a tennis-ball of rubber covered with felt, but is made capable of bearing harder hitting because it is designed to be driven with great force against the walls.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets
  • n. any of numerous annual trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits
  • v. to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
  • n. edible fruit of a squash plant; eaten as a vegetable

Etymologies

From alteration of Narragansett askútasquash.
Middle English squachen, from Old French esquasser, from Vulgar Latin *exquassāre : Latin ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + Latin quassāre, to shatter, frequentative of quatere, to shake; see kwēt- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortening of squantersquash, from a Narragansett word. (Wiktionary)
shortening of musquash (Wiktionary)

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