Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To sit in a crouching position with knees bent and the buttocks on or near the heels.
  • intransitive v. To crouch down, as an animal does.
  • intransitive v. To settle on unoccupied land without legal claim.
  • intransitive v. To occupy a given piece of public land in order to acquire title to it.
  • transitive v. To put (oneself) into a crouching posture.
  • transitive v. To occupy as a squatter.
  • adj. Short and thick; low and broad.
  • adj. Crouched in a squatting position.
  • n. The act of squatting.
  • n. A squatting or crouching posture.
  • n. Sports A lift or a weightlifting exercise in which one squats and stands while holding a weighted barbell supported by the back of the shoulders.
  • n. The place occupied by a squatter.
  • n. The lair of an animal such as a hare.
  • n. Slang A small or worthless amount; diddlysquat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relatively short or low and thick or broad
  • n. A position assumed by bending deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet.
  • n. : A specific exercise in weightlifting performed by bending deeply at the knees and then rising, especially with a barbell resting across the shoulders.
  • n. A toilet used by squatting as opposed to sitting (Wikipedia entry).
  • n. A building occupied without permission, as practiced by a squatter.
  • n. Something of no value; nothing.
  • n. A sudden or crushing fall.
  • n. A small vein of ore.
  • n. A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar.
  • v. To bend deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet.
  • v. To exercise by bending deeply at the knees and then rising, while bearing weight across the shoulders or upper back.
  • v. To occupy or reside in a place without the permission of the owner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The angel fish (Squatina angelus).
  • intransitive v. To sit down upon the hams or heels.
  • intransitive v. To sit close to the ground; to cower; to stoop, or lie close, to escape observation, as a partridge or rabbit.
  • intransitive v. To settle on another's land without title; also, to settle on common or public lands.
  • transitive v. To bruise or make flat by a fall.
  • adj. Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering; crouching.
  • adj. Short and thick, like the figure of an animal squatting.
  • n. The posture of one that sits on his heels or hams, or close to the ground.
  • n. A sudden or crushing fall.
  • n.
  • n. A small vein of ore.
  • n. A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lay flat; flatten; crush; bruise.
  • To compress.
  • To make quiet. Compare squatting-pill.
  • To quash; annul.
  • To put or set on the buttocks; cause to cower or crouch close to the ground; used reflexively.
  • To sit close to the ground; crouch; cower; said of animals; sit down upon the buttocks with the knees drawn up or with the legs crossed: said of a human being: as, to squat down on one's hams.
  • To settle on land, especially public or new lands, without any title or right: as, to squat upon a piece of common. See squatter.
  • To settle by the stern, as a boat.
  • Flattened; hence, short and thick, like the figure of an animal squatting.
  • Sitting close to the ground; crouched; cowering; sitting on the buttocks with the knees drawn up or with the legs crossed.
  • n. A bruise caused by a fall.
  • n. The posture of one who or that which squats.
  • n. A short, stout person.
  • n. A small mass or bunch of ore in a vein.
  • To splash.
  • n. The angel-fish, Squatina angelus.
  • To settle on land obtained, from the government on special terms, for the purpose of raising stock. See squattage and squatter, 4.
  • n. Nautical, the settling of a vessel, when under way, in the water, particularly at the stern, as compared with its position at rest. The phenomenon occurs to some extent in every vessel under way at high speed, but it is of importance only in shallow water, the depth of which is not much greater than the draft of the vessel. In such cases, in large vessels, the sinking of the stern may be from 2 to 6 feet with very moderate speeds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. exercising by repeatedly assuming a crouching position with the knees bent; strengthens the leg muscles
  • v. occupy (a dwelling) illegally
  • v. be close to the earth, or be disproportionately wide
  • n. a small worthless amount
  • n. the act of assuming or maintaining a crouching position with the knees bent and the buttocks near the heels
  • adj. having a low center of gravity; built low to the ground
  • v. sit on one's heels
  • adj. short and thick; as e.g. having short legs and heavy musculature

Etymologies

Middle English squatten, from Old French esquatir, to crush : es-, intensive pref. (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + quatir, to press flat (from Vulgar Latin *coāctīre, from Latin coāctus, past participle of cōgere, to compress : co-, co- + agere, to drive).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English squatten, from Old French esquatir, from Latin coactus, perfect passive participle of cōgō ("force together, compress"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Get over yourself, you are not going to win squat.

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  • The only piece of so-called furniture left in the squat was a wooden crate.

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  • Unlike the lordly Dobbs, Beck disavows any acquired pool of general knowledge or area of special expertise; indeed, he doesn't pretend to know squat, which is supposed to be part of his common-denominator appeal.

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  • We went through the former, which is large and imposing, with fine courts and some pretty views, but it is low and Teutonic ” in plain English, squat ” like some of the old statues in armour that one sees in the squares of the German towns.

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