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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The impression was reinforced by Elton squatting down comfortably on the front-stage light box mid-story.
▪ I squatted down and hastily rinsed the bits I could get at, ending up with saturated clothes but mostly dry skin.
▪ Uncle Albert was squatting down by the flower bed doing a spot of weeding.
▪ He squatted down with a stick to try his luck.
▪ He seemed to be squatting down, and suddenly Sheila realised why.
▪ Ritchie squatted down by the door, chapped lips grim.
▪ Instead, hoping to expedite matters, he squatted down beside them and gave them a hand.
▪ Watson, bring that chair here and squat down.
▪ I let my back slide down the pillar until I was virtually squatting on the floor.
▪ Fong squatted on the floor, his back straight, his small hands raised, making quick gestures as he spoke.
▪ He found Yussuf squatting on the floor with his back against one of the walls staring dazedly into space.
▪ Several people took to squatting on the floor with shoes removed, having given in to the weight of their metallic dresses.
▪ At the Kursk station, women in peasant headscarves squat on the floor selling bunches of hot tasting radishes encrusted with soil.
▪ Miguel squatted down on the floor and took the bottle.
▪ He passed the envelope from his foot to his left hand, and, squatting on the floor, opened it.
▪ Some of the men had chairs to sit in, others stood or squatted on the floor.
▪ A little boy was squatting at the edge of the pool.
▪ He squatted down beside me and offered me a cigarette.
▪ People squatted around the fire in small groups
▪ Thousands of families are still squatting in war-damaged buildings.
▪ Blue Mooney squatted next to a pink-and-white Pontiac as he stabbed the ice pick into the fourth tire.
▪ Finally he broke away and went and squatted on his haunches by the stream.
▪ It squatted incongruously among the trees, looking like a visitor from another planet.
▪ The trail was half lost in fog, the overcast squatted on the mountain.
▪ Tuan Ti Fo squatted, his legs folded under him, watching the boy.
▪ a shabby, squat, balding man in an old raincoat
▪ The brown buildings were old and squat.
▪ The cook was short and squat, with thick eyebrows and a slight moustache.
▪ And now this desperate damage: the squat compactness unhinged, made powerless.
▪ Comanche tipis were more squat and conical.
▪ During the greater part of each contest, the two are settled in a squat position, measuring each other.
▪ He came at last to Kinton, rounded the squat, square-towered church and the main street of the village stretched before him.
▪ Ravi-no stood looking, his squat body immensely still.
▪ The floor was covered in thick creamy carpet on which stood squat, natural leather chairs.
▪ He was in that terrible state of lumbar pain where mobility involves a slow ambulatory squat.
▪ Most of them have moved off since they broke the squat.
▪ The rubber band workout group improved 26 percent in the squat and 17 percent in the shoulder press.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Squat \Squat\ (skw[o^]t), n. (Zo["o]l.) The angel fish ( Squatina angelus).


Squat \Squat\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Squatted; p. pr. & vb. n. Squatting.] [OE. squatten to crush, OF. esquater, esquatir (cf. It. quatto squat, cowering), perhaps fr. L. ex + coactus, p. p. of cogere to drive or urge together. See Cogent, Squash, v. t.]

  1. To sit down upon the hams or heels; as, the savages squatted near the fire.

  2. To sit close to the ground; to cower; to stoop, or lie close, to escape observation, as a partridge or rabbit.

  3. To settle on another's land without title; also, to settle on common or public lands.


Squat \Squat\, v. t. To bruise or make flat by a fall. [Obs.]


Squat \Squat\, a.

  1. Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering; crouching.

    Him there they found, Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve.

  2. Short and thick, like the figure of an animal squatting. ``The round, squat turret.''
    --R. Browning.

    The head [of the squill insect] is broad and squat.


Squat \Squat\, n.

  1. The posture of one that sits on his heels or hams, or close to the ground.

  2. A sudden or crushing fall. [Obs.]

  3. (Mining)

    1. A small vein of ore.

    2. A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar.

      Squat snipe (Zo["o]l.), the jacksnipe; -- called also squatter. [Local, U.S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., "to crush;" early 15c., "crouch on the heels," from Old French esquatir, escatir "compress, press down, lay flat, crush," from es- "out" (see ex-) + Old French quatir "press down, flatten," from Vulgar Latin *coactire "press together, force," from Latin coactus, past participle of cogere "to compel, curdle, collect" (see cogent). Meaning "to settle on land without any title or right" is from 1800. Related: Squatted; squatting.


c.1400, "bump, heavy fall," from squat (v.). Meaning "posture of one who squats" is from 1570s; that of "act of squatting" is from 1580s. Slang noun sense of "nothing at all" first attested 1934, probably suggestive of squatting to defecate. Weight-lifting sense is from 1954.


early 15c., "crouch on the heels, in a squatting position," from squat (v.)). Sense of "short, thick" dates from 1620s.


Etymology 1

  1. 1 Relatively short or low and thick or broad 2 Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering; crouching. n. 1 A position assumed by bending deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet. 2 (context weightlifting English): A specific exercise in weightlifting performed by bending deeply at the knees and then rising, especially with a barbell resting across the shoulders. 3 A toilet used by squatting as opposed to sitting; a (w: squat toilet). 4 A building occupied without permission, as practiced by a squatter. 5 (context slang English) Something of no value; nothing. 6 (context obsolete English) A sudden or crushing fall. 7 (context mining English) A small vein of ore. 8 A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar. v

  2. 1 To bend deeply at the knees while resting on one's feet. 2 (context weightlifting English) To exercise by bending deeply at the knees and then rise, while bearing weight across the shoulders or upper back. 3 To occupy or reside in a place without the permission of the owner. 4 To sit close to the ground; to cower; to stoop, or lie close, to escape observation, as a partridge or rabbit. 5 (context dated English) To bruise or flatten by a fall; to squash. Etymology 2

    n. The angel shark (genus ''Squatina'').

  1. v. sit on one's heels; "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting"; "The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm" [syn: crouch, scrunch, scrunch up, hunker, hunker down]

  2. be close to the earth, or be disproportionately wide; "The building squatted low"

  3. occupy (a dwelling) illegally

  4. [also: squatting, squatted, squattest, squatter]

  1. n. exercising by repeatedly assuming a squatting position; strengthens the leg muscles [syn: knee bend, squatting]

  2. a small worthless amount; "you don't know jack" [syn: jack, diddly-squat, diddlysquat, diddly-shit, diddlyshit, diddly, diddley, shit]

  3. the act of assuming or maintaining a squatting position [syn: squatting]

  4. [also: squatting, squatted, squattest, squatter]

  1. adj. 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" [syn: chunky, dumpy, low-set, squatty, stumpy]

  2. having a low center of gravity; built low to the ground [syn: underslung]

  3. [also: squatting, squatted, squattest, squatter]


The word squat, squatter or squatting can refer to:

Squat (Warhammer 40,000)

In the fictional universe of Warhammer 40,000, the Squats are a dwarf-like race descended from the humans that colonised high gravity worlds. Separated from the rest of humanity over the millennia, they evolved their own distinct morphology and culture. Squats were discontinued from the game in the 1990s by Games Workshop though their existence remains somewhat canon. Their omission from the game was explained by a Tyranid invasion of their Home Worlds wiping them out almost to a man. The survivors were then assimilated into the Imperium, however there are rumours that the squats created Tau technology which despite being younger than the Imperium, is more advanced.

Squat (exercise)

In strength training and fitness, the squat is a compound, full body exercise that trains primarily the muscles of the thighs, hips and buttocks, quadriceps ( vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, vastus intermedius and rectus femoris), hamstrings, as well as strengthening the bones, ligaments and insertion of the tendons throughout the lower body. Squats are considered a vital exercise for increasing the strength and size of the legs and buttocks, as well as developing core strength. Isometrically, the lower back, the upper back, the abdominals, the trunk muscles, the costal muscles, and the shoulders and arms are all essential to the exercise and thus are trained when squatting with the proper form.

The squat is one of the three lifts in the strength sport of powerlifting, together with deadlifts and bench press.

Usage examples of "squat".

North, aye, North, through a land accurst, shunned by the scouring brutes, And all I heard was my own harsh word and the whine of the malamutes, Till at last I came to a cabin squat, built in the side of a hill, And I burst in the door, and there on the floor, frozen to death, lay Bill.

Why should you be forbidden to eat the anthracite you dig, while Podrang squats in his bath and laughs at you?

Most of the Architect temples on Urradeth are similarly squat and graceless, and Danlo thought that was too bad because organic stone can be the loveliest of materials to work.

By midmorn-ing they have reached the Chinese rover, squat as a black bug in the shadow of the slip face of one of the swarm of barchan dunes blown along the eastern side of the Chasma Boreale.

By midmorning they have reached the Chinese rover, squat as a black bug in the shadow of the slip face of one of the swarm of barchan dunes blown along the eastern side of the Chasma Boreale.

Up and up the dreadful threat would fly, booming and echoing through all the narrow, dark and twisty flues, until it found out Barnacle, exactly as Mister Roberts had divined, squatting in some sooty nook and, if there was room enough to move his arms, a-picking of his nose.

Opposite him the youngest Carr squatted like a brown Billiken on a wolfskin.

He stood or squatted within bowshot, but behind such rocks and stunted trees as offered shelter.

There was Aylward squatting cross-legged in his shirt, while he scrubbed away at his chain-mail brigandine, whistling loudly the while.

He rose and walked around the brindled heifer, squatting down and squinting at her tail.

Once he was riding the Metrorail as Monkey Joethat is, dressed as a monkey and squatting on his haunches like a monkey and occasionally making noises like a monkeywhen he was busted for wearing a mask in a public place.

Disrobing entirely, she squatted on the edge of the bath and proceeded to extrude a grotesque forked tail from some internal cache located deep within her stomach.

She wore breeks of homespun, and the long muscle of her thigh rose up tight and round against the cloth when she squatted beside him, head bent as she groped in her leather bag.

If Venneford sat by supinely while sheepmen invaded the range, and if they made no protest when immigrants squatted on the outer edges of the ranch and homesteaders took up government land, pretty soon the whole intricate structure would begin to fall apart, the trend would accelerate and a noble way of life would be lost.

I ran through the hootch, slamming open the back screen door, Mai was there, squatting in the Vietnamese fashion, scrubbing at a wet flight suit with one hand.