squash

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Noun[edit]

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squash (countable and uncountable, plural squashes)

  1. (uncountable) A sport played in a walled court with a soft rubber ball and bats like tennis racquets.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 3/19/2, “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days[1]:
      Ivor had acquired more than a mile of fishing rights with the house; he was not at all a good fisherman, but one must do something; one generally, however, banged a ball with a squash-racket against a wall.
  2. (UK) 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. A place or a situation where people have limited space to move.
    It's a bit of a squash in this small room.
  4. (obsolete, countable) Something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of peas.
  5. (obsolete, countable, pejorative) Something unripe or soft.
  6. (obsolete, countable) A sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies.
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squash (third-person singular simple present squashes, present participle squashing, simple past and past participle squashed)

  1. (transitive) To beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To compress or restrict (oneself) into a small space; to squeeze.
    Somehow, she squashed all her books into her backpack, which was now too heavy to carry.
    We all managed to squash into Mum's tiny car.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Shortening of askutasquash, Narragansett ("[a vegetable] eaten green (or raw)").

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Noun[edit]

squash (countable and uncountable, plural squash or squashes)

  1. (countable, botany) A plant and its fruit of five species of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind.
    1. Cucurbita maxima, including hubbard squash, great winter squash, buttercup squash, and some varieties of pumpkins.
    2. Cucurbita mixta, cushaw squash.
    3. Cucurbita moschata, butternut squash, Barbary squash, China squash.
    4. Cucurbita pepo, most pumpkins, acorn squash, summer squash, zucchini.
    5. Cucurbita verrucosa, long-neck squash
  2. The edible or decorative fruit of these plants, or this fruit prepared as a dish.
    We ate squash and green beans.
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shortening of musquash

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squash (plural squashes)

  1. (obsolete, zoo, countable) Muskrat.
    • Dampier
      The squash is a four-footed beast, bigger than a cat.

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Borrowing from English squash

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squash m (plural squashs)

  1. (sports) (uncountable) squash
    Jouer au squash.
  2. squash game
    On s'est fait deux squashs aujourd'hui.
  3. squash court
    La ville a construit trois squashs municipaux.

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Borrowing from English squash

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squash m

  1. squash (fruit)
  2. squash (sport)
  3. squash (soft drink)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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Borrowing from English squash

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squash m

  1. squash (fruit)
  2. squash (sport)
  3. squash (soft drink)

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