Squat

Definition of Squat

Pronunciation: skwǒt
n.1.(Zool.) The angel fish (Squatina angelus).
v. i.1.To sit down upon the hams or heels; as, the savages squatted near the fire.
[imp. & p. p. Squatted; p. pr. & vb. n. Squatting.]
2.To sit close to the ground; to cower; to stoop, or lie close, to escape observation, as a partridge or rabbit.
3.To settle on another's land without title; also, to settle on common or public lands.
v. t.1.To bruise or make flat by a fall.
a.1.Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering; crouching.
Him there they found,
Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve.
- Milton.
2.Short and thick, like the figure of an animal squatting.
The head [of the squill insect] is broad and squat.
- Grew.
n.1.The posture of one that sits on his heels or hams, or close to the ground.
2.A sudden or crushing fall.
3.(Mining) A small vein of ore.
Squat snipe
(Zool.) the jacksnipe; - called also squatter.

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