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 projection 2. the keystone or a voussoir of an arch 3. a wooden or expandable metal block used by printers to lock up a form within a chase II. transitive verb Date: 1683 1. to equip (a type form) with quoins 2. to provide with quoins <
quoined walls
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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — /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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