Meaning of SQUASH in English

SQUASH

1. v. & n.

--v.

1. tr. crush or squeeze flat or into pulp.

2 intr. (often foll. by into) make one's way by squeezing.

3 tr. pack tight, crowd.

4 tr. a silence (a person) with a crushing retort etc. b dismiss (a proposal etc.). c quash (a rebellion).

--n.

1. a crowd; a crowded assembly.

2 a sound of or as of something being squashed, or of a soft body falling.

3 Brit. a concentrated drink made of crushed fruit etc., diluted with water.

4 (in full squash rackets) a game played with rackets and a small fairly soft ball against the walls of a closed court.

5 a squashed thing or mass.

Phrases and idioms:

squash tennis US a game similar to squash, played with a lawn-tennis ball.

Derivatives:

squashy adj. (squashier, squashiest). squashily adv. squashiness n.

Etymology: alt. of QUASH 2. n. (pl. same or squashes)

1. any of various trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita, esp. C. maxima, C. moschata, and C. pepo, having pumpkin-like fruits.

2 the fruit of these cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

Etymology: obs. (i)squoutersquash f. Narraganset asquutasquash f. asq uncooked + squash green

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.