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Definition of "squash" []

  • Any of various tendril-bearing plants of the genus Cucurbita, having fleshy edible fruit with a leathery rind and unisexual flowers. (noun)
  • The fruit of any of these plants, eaten as a vegetable. (noun)
  • To beat, squeeze, or press into a pulp or a flattened mass; crush. See Synonyms at crush. (verb-transitive)
  • To put down or suppress; quash: squash a revolt. (verb-transitive)
  • To silence or fluster, as with crushing words: squash a heckler. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "squash" in a sentence
  • "My next-to-last injury was also from playing squash, except this time my rather inexperienced partner decided the term squash was a verb, not a sport."
  • "The obvious method of doing this is to make the term squash official, thus eliminating the identity problem and giving the game the distinctiveness it deserves."
  • "This uncommon Lita squash is a sweet cousin of zucchini."
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