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Definitions for squash
skwɒʃ, skwɔʃsquash

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. squash, squash vinenoun

    any of numerous annual trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits

  2. squashnoun

    edible fruit of a squash plant; eaten as a vegetable

  3. squash, squash racquets, squash racketsverb

    a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets

  4. squash, crush, squelch, mash, squeezeverb

    to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

    "crush an aluminum can"; "squeeze a lemon"


  1. Squashnoun

    A game much like rackets, played in a walled court with soft rubber balls and bats like tennis rackets; -- called also squash rackets.


  1. squashnoun

    A sport played in a walled court with a soft rubber ball and bats like tennis racquets.

  2. squashnoun

    A soft drink made from a fruit-based concentrate diluted with water.

    When I'm thirsty I drink squash; it tastes much nicer than plain water.

  3. squash

    A place or a situation where people have limited space to move.

    It's a bit of a squash in this small room.

  4. squash

    Something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of peas.

  5. squash

    Something unripe or soft.

  6. squash

    A sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies.

  7. squashverb

    To beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.

  8. squashverb

    To compress or restrict (oneself) into a small space; to squeeze.

  9. squashnoun

    A plant and its fruit of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind.

    Note: The species are much confused. The long-neck squash is called Cucurbita verrucosa, the Barbary or China squash, C. moschata, and the great winter squash, C. maxima, but the distinctions are not clear.

  10. squashnoun

    The edible fruit of this plant, or this fruit prepared as a dish.

    We ate squash and green beans.

  11. squashnoun


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Squashnoun

    Etymology: from quash.

    Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a boy; as a squash is before it is a peascod, or a coddling, when it is almost an apple. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    The characters are, it hath the whole appearance of a pumpion or gourd; from which this differs in its fruit, which is roundish, fleshy, streaked, angular, and for the most part divided into five partitions, inclosing flat seeds adhering to a spongy placenta. Philip Miller.

    Squash is an Indian kind of pumpion that grows apace. Boyle.

    How like I then was to this kernel,
    This squash, this gentleman. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Since they will overload my shoulders, I shall throw down the burden with a squash among them. Arbuthnot.

    My fall was stopped by a terrible squash that sounded louder than the cataract of Niagara. Gulliver’s Travels.

  2. To Squashverb

    To crush into pulp.


  1. squash

    Squash refers to either a family of vegetables or a type of racket-based sport: 1) As a vegetable, squash is a plant within the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae, which also includes cucumbers and melons. It is characterized by its diverse species, colors, shapes and sizes. Some popular types of squash include pumpkins, zucchinis, and butternuts. 2) As a sport, squash involves two players who use rackets to hit a small, rubber ball against a four-walled court. The players alternate hitting the ball and aim to make the opponent unable to return the hit. The game combines power, agility, and strategy, and is known for its fast pace and physical intensity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Squashnoun

    an American animal allied to the weasel

  2. Squashnoun

    a plant and its fruit of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind

  3. Squashverb

    to beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush

  4. Squashnoun

    something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of pease

  5. Squashnoun

    hence, something unripe or soft; -- used in contempt

  6. Squashnoun

    a sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies

  7. Etymology: [OE. squachen, OF. escachier, esquachier, to squash, to crush, F. cacher, perhaps from (assumed) LL. excoacticare, fr. L. ex + coactare to constrain, from cogere, coactum, to compel. Cf. Cogent, Squat, v. i.]


  1. Squash

    Squash is a racquet sport played by two or four players in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. The players must alternate in striking the ball with their racquet and hit the ball onto the playable surfaces of the four walls of the court. The game was formerly called squash racquets, a reference to the "squashable" soft ball used in the game. Squash is recognized by the IOC and supporters are lobbying for its incorporation in a future Olympic program. In 2003, Forbes rated squash as the number one healthiest sport to play.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Squash

    skwosh, v.t. to press into pulp: to crush flat.—v.i. to form a soft mass as from a fall: to make a noise similar to such.—n. a sudden fall or shock of soft bodies: anything soft and easily crushed, anything soft or unripe, as a peascod.—ns. Squash′er; Squash′iness, state of being squashy.—adj. Squash′y, like a squash: muddy. [O. Fr. esquacher (Fr. écacher), to crush—L. ex, out, coactāre, to restrain—cogĕre, coactum, to drive together.]

  2. Squash

    skwosh, n. a term loosely used, esp. in the United States, for two or three kinds of gourd, including the pumpkin. [Amer. Ind. asquash (pl. of asq), green.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. squashverb

    To end, Squash that beef.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of squash in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of squash in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of squash in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Sandweiss:

    Humans have such a large and sometimes unexpected influence on economies and ecosystems, the squash we have today are remaining representatives of this genus of plant which otherwise would have been in trouble for survival because of the changing landscape.

  2. Jessica Randhawa:

    This gluten-free and vegetarian oven-roasted Delicata squash recipe is roasted with sweet maple syrup, butter and sprinkled with ground cinnamon for a uniquely flavorful autumn side dish at this year's Thanksgiving dinner, this is my absolute favorite way to cook this sweet, creamy, and velvety winter squash, as it's fast, easy, and cozy.

  3. Marie-France Kern:

    Pumpkins first originated in Central America and Mexico. Winter squash are native to northern Argentina, near the Andes. Over many years these gourds have become a favorite of home gardeners due to their hardiness, productivity, and versatility in the kitchen.

  4. Chris Christie:

    John McCain was far more irascible and tactless in his campaign style than Christie has been and he was not known as a bully, maybe it's just because of Chris Christie's size -- he looks like a guy who could just squash you!

  5. Rory Trahair:

    We've launched yachts in the last few years that have multiple pools, helipads, a squash court. There are few things now a yacht can't have, whereas a jacuzzi was a luxury in the early 2000s, now if you've got just one, it's rather frowned upon. You need to have a few and you need to have an infinity plunge pool that doubles as a helipad.

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