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squash1 / skwäsh; skwôsh/ • v. [tr.] crush or squeeze (something) with force so that it becomes flat, soft, or out of shape: wash and squash the cans for the recycling bin | [as adj.] (squashed) a squashed banana. ∎  [tr.] squeeze or force (someone or something) into a small or restricted space: she squashed some of her clothes inside the bag. ∎  [intr.] make one's way into a small or restricted space: I squashed into the middle of the crowd. ∎  suppress, stifle, or subdue (a feeling, conjecture, or action): the mournful sound did nothing to squash her high spirits. ∎  firmly reject (an idea or suggestion): the proposal was immediately squashed by the Historical Society. • n. 1. [in sing.] a state of being squeezed or forced into a small or restricted space: it was a tight squash but he didn't seem to mind. 2. chiefly Brit. a concentrated liquid made from fruit juice and sugar, which is diluted to make a drink: orange squash. 3. (also squash racquets) a game in which two players use rackets to hit a small, soft rubber ball against the walls of a closed court. 4. Biol. a preparation of softened tissue that has been made thin for microscopic examination by gently compressing or tapping it. squash2 • n. (pl. same or squashes ) 1. an edible gourd, the flesh of which may be cooked and eaten as a vegetable. 2. the trailing plant (genus Cucurbita) of the gourd family that produces this fruit.

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squash Ball game played with small, round-headed rackets by two people on an enclosed, rectangular, four-walled court. The wall at the front of the court is marked with three horizontal lines at different heights. The bottom section (the telltale) up to the first line is covered with tin to make a noise when hit by the ball. When hit, the ball is out. The serve must land above the middle line (cut line). Balls hitting the wall above the third line are out. The hollow rubber ball may bounce off front, side, and back walls, but may bounce only once on the floor before it is struck. The object of each point is to make it impossible for the opponent to return the ball. Only the server scores, and the first player to reach 9 points wins the game.

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squash Any of several species of vine fruits of various shapes, all of which belong to the genus Cucurbita. Squashes are native to the Americas, and are cultivated as vegetables. Family Cucurbitaceae.

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squash1 crush to a flat mess or pulp. XVI Aphetic — OF. esquasser :- Rom. *exquassāre; see EX-1, *QUASH
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squash2 kind of gourd. XVII. of Algonquian orig
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squash Gourds, fruits of Cucurbita spp.

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squash: see gourd; pumpkin.

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squashawash, Boche, Bosch, bosh, brioche, cloche, cohosh, cosh, dosh, Foch, galosh, gosh, josh, mosh, nosh, posh, quash, slosh, splosh, squash, swash, tosh, wash •kibosh •mackintosh, McIntosh •backwash • car wash • brainwash •wish-wash •eyewash, Siwash •limewash • whitewash • hogwash •mouthwash • musquash

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