Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To look with the eyes partly closed, as in bright sunlight.
  • intransitive v. To look or glance sideways.
  • intransitive v. To look askance, as in disapproval.
  • intransitive v. To have an indirect reference or inclination.
  • intransitive v. To be affected with strabismus.
  • transitive v. To cause to squint.
  • transitive v. To close (the eyes) partly while looking.
  • n. The act or an instance of squinting.
  • n. A sideways glance.
  • n. A quick look or glance: Take a squint at this view.
  • n. An oblique reference or inclination.
  • n. See strabismus.
  • n. A hagioscope.
  • adj. Looking obliquely or askance.
  • adj. Squint-eyed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To look with the eyes partly closed, as in bright sunlight, or as a threatening expression
  • v. To look or glance sideways
  • v. To look with, or have eyes that are turned in different directions; to suffer from strabismus.
  • v. To be not quite straight, off-centred. Most famous is the acclaimed "squinty" bridge in Glasgow. This term may be peculiarly Scottish.
  • n. An expression in which the eyes are partly closed.
  • n. The look of eyes which are turned in different directions, like in strabismus.
  • n. A quick or sideways glance.
  • n. A short look.
  • n. A hagioscope.
  • n. The angle by which the transmission signal is offset from the normal of a phased array antenna.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Looking obliquely.
  • adj. Looking askance.
  • intransitive v. To see or look obliquely, asquint, or awry, or with a furtive glance.
  • intransitive v. To have the axes of the eyes not coincident; to be cross-eyed.
  • intransitive v. To deviate from a true line; to run obliquely.
  • intransitive v. To have an indirect bearing, reference, or implication; to have an allusion to, or inclination towards, something.
  • intransitive v. To look with the eyes partly closed.
  • transitive v. To turn to an oblique position; to direct obliquely.
  • transitive v. To cause to look with noncoincident optic axes.
  • n. The act or habit of squinting.
  • n. A want of coincidence of the axes of the eyes; strabismus.
  • n. Same as Hagioscope.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Looking different ways; characterized by non-coincidence of the optic axes; affected with strabismus: said of eyes.
  • That looks or is directed obliquely; looking askance; indirect; oblique; sinister.
  • n. An affection of the eyes, consisting in non-coincidence of the optic axes; a squint eye; strabismus (which see).
  • n. An oblique or furtive look; a furtive glance; hence (colloquially), a leaning, an inclination: as, he had a decided squint toward democracy.
  • n. In architecture, an oblique opening through the walls of some old churches, usually having for its object to enable a person in the transepts or aisles to see the elevation of the host at the high altar.
  • To look askew, or with the eyes differently directed; look askance.
  • To be affected with strabismus.
  • To run or be directed obliquely; have an indirect reference or bearing.
  • To render squint or oblique; affect with strabismus.
  • To turn, cast, or direct obliquely.

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

  • v. be cross-eyed; have a squint or strabismus
  • adj. (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
  • n. the act of squinting; looking with the eyes partly closed
  • n. abnormal alignment of one or both eyes
  • v. cross one's eyes as if in strabismus
  • v. partly close one's eyes, as when hit by direct blinding light

Etymologies

Short for asquint.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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