Quoin
Quoin Quoin (kwoin or koin; 277), n. [See {Coin}, and cf. {Coigne}.] 1. (Arch.) Originally, a solid exterior angle, as of a building; now, commonly, one of the selected pieces of material by which the corner is marked. [1913 Webster]

Note: In stone, the quoins consist of blocks larger than those used in the rest of the building, and cut to dimension. In brickwork, quoins consist of groups or masses of brick laid together, and in a certain imitation of quoins of stone. [1913 Webster]

2. A wedgelike piece of stone, wood, metal, or other material, used for various purposes; as: (a) (Masonry) To support and steady a stone. (b) (Gun.) To support the breech of a cannon. (c) (Print.) To wedge or lock up a form within a chase. (d) (Naut.) To prevent casks from rolling. [1913 Webster]

{Hollow quoin}. See under {Hollow}.

{Quoin post} (Canals), the post of a lock gate which abuts against the wall. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • quoin — quoin·ing; quoin; …   English syllables

  • quoin — [koin, kwoin] n. [var. of COIN] 1. the external corner of a building; esp., any of the large, squared stones by which the corner of a building is marked 2. a wedgelike piece of stone, etc., such as the keystone or one of the pieces of an arch 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • quoin — (n.) 1530s, a cornerstone, variant of COIN (Cf. coin) (n.), originally in other senses of that word, too, including a wedge …   Etymology dictionary

  • quoin — ► NOUN 1) an external angle of a wall or building. 2) a cornerstone. DERIVATIVES quoining noun. ORIGIN variant of COIN(Cf. ↑coiner), in the former senses «cornerstone» and «wedge» …   English terms dictionary

  • Quoin — Generally, a quoin is a wedge, used to support or anchor other items. More specifically, quoin may refer to:*Quoin (architecture), the corner stones that anchor the edge of the building wall *In printing, quoins are wedges used by printers to… …   Wikipedia

  • quoin — I. noun Etymology: alteration of 1coin Date: 1532 1. a. a solid exterior angle (as of a building) b. one of the members (as a block) forming a quoin and usually differentiated from the adjoining walls by material, texture, color, size, or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quoin — /koyn, kwoyn/, n. 1. an external solid angle of a wall or the like. 2. one of the stones forming it; cornerstone. 3. any of various bricks of standard shape for forming corners of brick walls or the like. 4. a wedge shaped piece of wood, stone,… …   Universalium

  • quoin — [kɔɪn, kwɔɪn] noun 1》 an external angle of a wall or building. 2》 Printing a wedge or mechanical device for locking a letterpress forme into a chase. 3》 a wedge for raising the level of a gun barrel or to keep it from rolling. verb 1》 provide… …   English new terms dictionary

  • quoin — [[t]kɔɪn, kwɔɪn[/t]] n. 1) bui archit. an external solid angle of a wall or the like 2) bui archit. one of the stones forming it; cornerstone 3) bui a wedge shaped piece of wood, stone, or other material, used for any of various purposes 4) pri a …   From formal English to slang

  • quoin — /kɔɪn / (say koyn) noun 1. Also, coin. a. an external solid angle of a wall or the like. b. one of the stones forming it; a cornerstone. 2. a wedge shaped piece of wood, stone, or other material used for any of various purposes. 3. Printing a… …   Australian English dictionary

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