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 (a) A small vein of ore. (b) A mineral consisting of tin ore and spar.
Squat snipe Zool., the jacksnipe; -- called also squatter. [Local, U.S.]
Squat n. Zool. The angel fish (Squatina angelus).
Squat, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Squatted; p. pr. & vb. n. Squatting.]
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, v. t. To bruise or make flat by a fall. [Obs.]
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. --Milton.
2. Short and thick, like the figure of an animal squatting. “The round, squat turret.”
The head [of the squill insect] is broad and squat. --Grew.
adj 1: 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
n 1: 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
v 1: 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
[also: squatting, squatted, squattest, squatter]