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1 any of numerous annual tendril-bearing trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits [syn: squash vine]
2 edible fruit of a squash plant; eaten as a vegetable
3 a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets [syn: squash racquets, squash rackets] v : to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition; "crush an aluminum can"; "squeeze a lemon" [syn: crush, squelch, mash, squeeze] [also: squashes (pl)]

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  • British English /'skwɒʃ/
  • American English /'skwɑʃ/
    Rhymes: -ɒʃ


  1. A game much like rackets, played in a walled court with soft rubber balls and bats like tennis rackets.
  2. A plant and its fruit of the genus Cucurbita, or gourd kind.
    Note: The species are much confused. The long-neck squash is called Cucurbita verrucosa, the Barbary or China squash, C. moschata, and the great winter squash, C. maxima, but the distinctions are not clear.
  3. A soft drink made from a fruit-based concentrate diluted with water.
    When I'm thirsty I drink squash, it tastes much nicer than plain water.
  4. In the context of "obsolete|zoo": A muskrat, short form of musquash.
  5. Something soft and easily crushed; especially, an unripe pod of peas.
    Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a boy; as a squash is before 't is a peascod. --Shak.
  6. Hence, something unripe or soft; -- used in contempt.
    This squash, this gentleman. --Shak.
  7. A sudden fall of a heavy, soft body; also, a shock of soft bodies.
    My fall was stopped by a terrible squash. --Swift


game much like rackets
  • Finnish: squash, kössi
  • Kurdish:
plant and its fruit of the genus Cucurbita
  • Finnish: kurpitsa
  • Hungarian: tök
  • Kurdish:


  1. To beat or press into pulp or a flat mass; to crush.


to beat or press into pulp or flat mass
  • Finnish: murskata, puristaa, soseuttaa

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Extensive Definition

Squash may refer to:
squash in Danish: Squash (flertydig)
squash in Korean: 스쿼시 (동음이의)
squash in Japanese: スカッシュ
squash in Norwegian: Squash
squash in Norwegian Nynorsk: Squash
squash in Simple English: Squash
squash in Swedish: Squash

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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