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SQUASH (squashes)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does squash mean? 

SQUASH (noun)
  The noun SQUASH has 3 senses:

1. any of numerous annual trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits
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

  Familiarity information: SQUASH used as a noun is uncommon.


SQUASH (verb)
  The verb SQUASH has 1 sense:

1. to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

  Familiarity information: SQUASH used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SQUASH (noun)


Sense 1squash [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of numerous annual trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

squash vine; squash

Hypernyms ("squash" is a kind of...):

vine (a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface)

Meronyms (parts of "squash"):

squash (edible fruit of a squash plant; eaten as a vegetable)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "squash"):

winter squash; winter squash plant (any of various plants of the species Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita moschata producing squashes that have hard rinds and mature in the fall)

Cucurbita pepo melopepo; summer squash; summer squash vine (any of various usually bushy plants producing fruit that is eaten while immature and before the rind or seeds harden)

autumn pumpkin; Cucurbita pepo; pumpkin; pumpkin vine (a coarse vine widely cultivated for its large pulpy round orange fruit with firm orange skin and numerous seeds; subspecies of Cucurbita pepo include the summer squashes and a few autumn squashes)

Holonyms ("squash" is a member of...):

Cucurbita; genus Cucurbita (type genus of the Cucurbitaceae)


Sense 2squash [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Edible fruit of a squash plant; eaten as a vegetable

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Hypernyms ("squash" is a kind of...):

vegetable; veggie (edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "squash"):

summer squash (any of various fruits of the gourd family that mature during the summer; eaten while immature and before seeds and rind harden)

winter squash (any of various fruits of the gourd family with thick rinds and edible yellow to orange flesh that mature in the fall and can be stored for several months)

Holonyms ("squash" is a part of...):

squash; squash vine (any of numerous annual trailing plants of the genus Cucurbita grown for their fleshy edible fruits)


Sense 3squash [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

squash rackets; squash racquets; squash

Hypernyms ("squash" is a kind of...):

court game (an athletic game played on a court)

Domain member category:

Cucurbitaceae; family Cucurbitaceae; gourd family (a family of herbaceous vines (such cucumber or melon or squash or pumpkin))

exchange; rally ((sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes)

fault ((sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area))

serve; service ((sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play)

forehand drive ((sports) hard straight return made on the forehand side (as in tennis or badminton or squash))

forehand; forehand shot; forehand stroke ((sports) a return made with the palm of the hand facing the direction of the stroke (as in tennis or badminton or squash))

drive ((sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash))

cut; undercut ((sports) a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball)


SQUASH (verb)


Sense 1squash [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

mash; squash; squeeze; crush; squelch

Context examples:

crush an aluminum can / squeeze a lemon

Hypernyms (to "squash" is one way to...):

press (exert pressure or force to or upon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "squash"):

wring (twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid)

stamp (crush or grind with a heavy instrument)

steamroller (crush with a steamroller as if to level)

tread (crush as if by treading on)

telescope (crush together or collapse)

Sentence frames:

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Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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