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Definitions of squat

  1. short and thick; as e. g. having short legs and heavy musculature; " some people seem born to be square and chunky"; " a dumpy little dumpling of a woman"; " dachshunds are long lowset dogs with drooping ears"; " a little church with a squat tower"; " a squatty red smokestack"; " a stumpy ungainly figure"
  2. be close to the earth, or be disproportionately wide; " The building squatted low"
  3. having a low center of gravity; built low to the ground
  4. occupy ( a dwelling) illegally
  5. sit on one's heels; " In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting"; " The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm"
  6. Squatting.
  7. The angel fish ( Squatina angelus).
  8. To sit down upon the hams or heels; as, the savages squatted near the fire.
  9. To sit close to the ground; to cower; to stoop, or lie close, to escape observation, as a partridge or rabbit.
  10. To settle on another's land without title; also, to settle on common or public lands.
  11. To bruise or make flat by a fall.
  12. Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering; crouching.
  13. Short and thick, like the figure of an animal squatting.
  14. The posture of one that sits on his heels or hams, or close to the ground.
  15. A sudden or crushing fall.
  16. A small vein of ore.
  17. A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar.
  18. To sit down on the heels, or with the knees drawn up; to settle on land with a view to gaining title to it.
  19. Sitting on the heels, or with the knees drawn up; crouching; short and thick.
  20. The position of one who squats.
  21. Squatted.
  22. To sit down upon the hams or heels: to cower, as an animal: to settle on new land without title:- pr. p. squatting; pa. t. and pa. p. squatted.
  23. Squatter.
  24. To sit on the hams or heels; settle on new land without title.
  25. To crouch in a sitting posture.
  26. To settle on a piece of land without right.
  27. Being in a squatting position.
  28. A squaiting attitude.
  29. Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering; short and thick, like an animal squatting.
  30. The posture of one who squats; a small separate vein of ore. See Squash.
  31. To sit down upon the hams or heels; to cower, as an animal; to settle on land without title.
  32. To bruise or make flat by letting fall; to sit or cower down; to stoop or lie close to escape observation; to settle on new lands without a title.
  33. Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering; short and thick, like an animal cowering.
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Usage examples for squat

  1. Jerry's eyes were on a short, squat figure standing in the middle of the gateway to the Macpherson grounds. – The Reclaimers by Margaret Hill McCarter
  2. He was carrying a tray with a squat brown flask and four rather small glasses on it. – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  3. The hand of the squat- bodied man shot up and forward. – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White
  4. From the time of their first squat upon the ground to the final breaking up of the council circle they sustained their characters with equal self- possession and address. – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne
  5. He'd walked past the squat brown brick building hundreds of times, but had never crossed its threshold. – Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
  6. They each slipped one of the squat, formidable weapons into a hip pocket; then they made their way out at the rear of the house. – Ashton-Kirk, Investigator by John T. McIntyre
  7. The arches of the porch reach up to the lower entablature, and the windows above are rather squat; it looks as if there was to have been a third order above, but it is all gone. – Portuguese Architecture by Walter Crum Watson
  8. He would squat down in Mr. Gagliuffi's house, and take out his pipe at midday, and say, " Come, Consul, let's have a drink of the pipe. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  9. He could squat down tailor- fashion, as he had already done; but, in that posture the straps became so tightened, that to unbutton them was clearly out of the question. –  by
  10. Above it towered green hills, the peak of each topped by a squat block- house; in the valleys and water courses like columns of marble rose the royal palms. – The Boy Scout and Other Stories for Boys by Richard Harding Davis
  11. I cried, for it was he, my dusky kinsman on the left hand; then my eyes fell on his companion, a short, squat savage, clad in red, and painted hideous with strange signs I could not read. – Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
  12. And then the Englishman, gazing at the stout, squat figure which was waddling along the grass towards them, remembered. – The Chink in the Armour by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  13. Squat assented eagerly, and they started at once. – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  14. Just a little ahead, on the opposite side, huddled in between two six- story tenements, was Barloff's squat, dingy, little house. – Doors of the Night by Frank L. Packard
  15. And then too that lovely, quaint little jug- the little squat blue jug that came from France! – The Story of Old Fort Loudon by Charles Egbert Craddock
  16. Work your men around through the brush until you get them surrounded, and then just squat and shoot and wait for morning. – The Killer by Stewart Edward White
  17. And the old man, rising also, made out the squat shack of the Lancasters, almost hidden from sight by drifts. – The Plow-Woman by Eleanor Gates
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