Definitions for: Squash

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

Webster (1913) Definition: Squash, n.
A game much like rackets, played in a walled court with soft
rubber balls and bats like tennis rackets.

Squash, n. [Cf. Musquash.] (Zo["o]l.)
An American animal allied to the weasel. [Obs.] --Goldsmith.

Squash, n. [Massachusetts Indian asq, pl. asquash, raw,
green, immaturate, applied to fruit and vegetables which were
used when green, or without cooking; askutasquash vine
apple.] (Bot.)
A plant and its fruit of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd

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.

Squash beetle (Zo["o]l.), a small American beetle
(Diabrotica, or Galeruca vittata) which is often
abundant and very injurious to the leaves of squash,
cucumber, etc. It is striped with yellow and black. The
name is applied also to other allied species.

Squash bug (Zo["o]l.), a large black American hemipterous
insect (Coreus, or Anasa, tristis) injurious to squash

Squash, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Squashed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Squashing.] [OE. squashen, OF. escachier, esquachier, to
squash, to crush, F. ['e]cacher, perhaps from (assumed) LL.
excoacticare, fr. L. ex + coactare to constrain, from cogere,
coactum, to compel. Cf. Cogent, Squat, v. i.]
To beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.

Squash, n.
1. Something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe
pod of pease.

Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a
boy; as a squash is before 't is a peascod. --Shak.

2. Hence, something unripe or soft; -- used in contempt.
``This squash, this gentleman.'' --Shak.

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

My fall was stopped by a terrible squash. --Swift.

Synonyms: crush, mash, squash rackets, squash racquets, squash vine, squeeze, squelch

See Also: autumn pumpkin, court game, Cucurbita, Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita pepo melopepo, exchange, genus Cucurbita, press, pumpkin, pumpkin vine, rally, squash, squash, squash vine, stamp, steamroller, summer squash, summer squash, summer squash vine, telescope, tread, vegetable, veggie, vine, winter squash, winter squash, winter squash plant, wring

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