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Squinch

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb squinch:

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Definition of the noun squinch

What does squinch mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: squinches

  1. a small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: arch = a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
    • more specific term: trumpet arch = a conical squinch

Alternative definition of the noun squinch

noun

  1. [architecture] 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.

Definition of the verb squinch

What does squinch mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: squinched | squinching | squinches

  1. crouch down
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: bend / bow / crouch / stoop = bend one's back forward from the waist on down
  2. draw back, as with fear or pain
  3. cross one's eyes as if in strabismus

Alternative definition of the verb squinch

verb

  1. to scrunch up (one's face)

Explanation

Squinch: A squinch in architecture is a construction filling in the upper angles of a square room so as to form a base to receive an octagonal or spherical dome. Another solution of this structural problem was provided by the pendentive.

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Google previewDictionary of Celtic Saints (2012)

by Elizabeth Rees

A squinch is a feature of a number of early Pembrokeshire churches. Llanstinan is 2 miles southeast of Fishguard, ...

Google previewThe Builder (1891)

A squinch is a stepped or conical vault, commonly called “bonnet-shaped.” Circular domes on a square plan have been found at the Palace of Sarvistan ( see lithograph), FerouzPlan of dome, Sarristan. abad, and in a pavilion at Ferachbad, ...

Google previewArchitectural Notices of the Churches of the Archdeaconry of Northampton (1849)

Deaneries of Higham Ferrers and Haddon by John Henry Parker

The squinch is a semicircular arch across the angle of the Tower. The spirelights are Decorated, of early character, and very good composition. The Spire is terminated with a handsome finial. THE South AISLE AND Porch.-The west window is ...

Google previewThe Engines of Our Ingenuity (2003)

An Engineer Looks at Technology and Culture by John H. Lienhard

Then architects started using precise intellectual apparatus to design magically spatial forms: barrel vaults, biased arches, helicoids, and embellished versions of the medieval trumpet squinch. A trumpet squinch is a conical arch that emerges ...

Google previewCeltic Sites and Their Saints (2003)

A Guidebook by Elizabeth Rees

A squinch is a feature of a number of early Pembrokeshire churches. Llanstinan is 2 miles south-east of Fishguard, near the A40. After leaving Fishguard, watch for a sign to Llanstinan on the left, beside a disused quarry. Park in the lay-by, ...

Google previewMonuments to Faith (1990)

Ukrainian Churches in Manitoba by Basil Rotoff, Stella Hryniuk, Roman Yereniuk

The squinch is a small arch spanning diagonally across.

Google previewEarly Christian Art and Architecture (1988)

The squinch is a small arch set across the corners of a rectangle; the pendentive is an inverted triangle with curving sides. Z-*-H 5 metres J 89. Meriamlik, St Thecla: plan of. Church Buildings in Asia 137.

Google previewArchitectural notices of the churches of the archdeaconry of Northampton. Deaneries of Higham Ferrers and Haddon (1849)

by Northamptonshire architectural and archaeological society

The squinch is a semicircular arch across the angle of the Tower. The spire- lights are Decorated, of early character, and very good composition. The Spire is terminated with a handsome finial. The South Aisle and Porch. — The west window ...

Google previewRound Barns of New York (2004)

by Richard Triumpho

A squinch is a short plank, or lintel, carried across the corner of a wall to support a superimposed mass, such as roof rafters. In the description of roof types, the traditional terms gable and gambrel as applied to rectangular barns were used by ...

Google previewArchitectural Record (1892)

A squinch is a stepped or conical vault, commonly called "bonnet-shaped." Circular domes on a square plan have been found at the Palace of Sarvistan, Ferouzabad, and in a pavilion at Ferachbad, places to the south of Susa, or nearer to the ...

Google previewArchitecture of Greece (2004)

by Janina K. Darling

A squinch is a small half-dome that spans the corner of a square. The four squinches in the square bay transform it into an octagon. Above the squinches, the wall surfaces fan out at the top where they join together to form the circular base of ...

Google previewMuqarnas (2010)

by Gülru Necipo?lu, Karen Leal

A squinch is an architectural structure used to provide a transition from a square to a polygonal or circular base on which to construct a dome. 15. Michel Écochard, Filiation de monumentsgrecs, byzantins et islamiques: Une question de ...

Google previewthe encyclopedia americana (1920)

The dome had for its support pendentives, either the spherical or the "squinch" ( see Fig. 6) or the 'trumpet* arch. While there have been spherical pendentives found in Byzantine architecture it was in the 6th century that this system of vaulting ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

SQUINCH-SQUINTING. SQUINCH ...

Google previewDictionary of Islamic Architecture (2002)

by Andrew Petersen

squinch. Small arch in the corner of a building that converts a square space to an octagonal area which may then be covered with a dome. stone for carving. It has a long history which can be traced back as far as Parthian times, when it was ...

Google previewArchitect's Illustrated Pocket Dictionary (2012)

by Nikolas Davies, Erkki Jokiniemi

see horseshoe arch; *round multifoliated arch; *round trefoil arch; *round trifoliated arch; *Saracenic pointed arch, see stitled arch; *segmental arch, segmented arch; *semi-arch; *semicircular arch; *skew arch; *squinch arch, see squinch; ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Architecture: R-S (1887)

by Architectural Publication Society

SQUINCH. (Fr. pendentive;. trompe;. supposed.

Google previewDictionary of Jamaican English (2002)

by Frederic Gomes Cassidy, Robert Brock Le Page

squinch, screw or distort the face (1840); DA squinch, squeeze together; or < cringe, by substitution of /kw/ for ,'kr/ — cf quichole. To crouch or huddle oneself together.

Google previewChambers's Encyclopaedia (1868)

A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People

SQUINCH, small arches or corbelled courses across the angles of square towers, to bring in the form to carry an octagonal spire, lantern, &c See PZNUESTTVE. SQUINTING, or STRABISMUS, is a well- known and common deformity, which ...

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Squinch Meaning

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Scrabble value of S1Q10U1I1N1C3H4

The value of this 7-letter word is 21 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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