1. One who squats; specifically, one who settles unlawfully upon land without a title. In the United States and Australia the term is sometimes applied also to a person who settles lawfully upon government land under permission and restrictions, before acquiring title. "In such a tract, squatters and trespassers were tolerated to an extent now unknown." (Macaulay)

2. <zoology> See Squat snipe, under Squat.

(10 Mar 1998)

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