Pronunciation: (skwint),[key] —v.i. 1. to look with the eyes partly closed.
2. Ophthalm.to be affected with strabismus; be cross-eyed.
3. to look or glance obliquely or sidewise; look askance.
4. to make or have an indirect reference to or bearing on; tend or incline toward (usually fol. by toward, at, etc.).
—v.t. 1. to close (the eyes) partly in looking: The baby squinted its eyes at the bright lights. 2. to cause to squint; cause to look obliquely.
—n. 1. an act or instance of squinting.
2. Ophthalm.a condition of the eye consisting in noncoincidence of the optic axes; strabismus.
3. Informal.a quick glance: Let me have a squint at that paper. 4. a looking obliquely or askance.
5. an indirect reference.
6. an inclination or tendency, esp. an oblique or perverse one.
7. Also called hagioscope. (in a church) a small opening in a wall giving a view of the altar.
—adj. 1. looking obliquely; looking with a side glance; looking askance.
2. Ophthalm.(of the eyes) affected with strabismus.