American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of quoin.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A corner; a coin or quoin; a projecting point. See quoin.
- n. In geology, an original angular elevation of land around which as a corner-stone continental growth has taken place.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A var. spelling of coin, quoin, a corner, wedge; -- chiefly used in the phrase
coign of vantage, a position advantageous for action or observation.
- n. an expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase.
- n. the keystone of an arch.
- n. the keystone of an arch
- n. expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase
- From Old French coigne ("wedge, cornerstone, die for stamping"), from Latin cuneus ("wedge"). See also quoin ("cornerstone") (Wiktionary)
“Now the NTSB has already gained a powerful ally and possibly the coign of vantage an advantageous position against the wireless industry.”
“The audience, of course, generally has the same preferred coign of vantage as the lucky servant or the Wily Peasant.”
“Cf. ‘no jutty, frieze, buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this bird hath made his pendent bed and procreant cradle.’”
“Forbearing to engage in the open field, where the gain would lie wholly with the enemy, he lay stoutly embattled on ground where the citizens must reap advantage; since, as he doggedly persisted, to march out meant to be surrounded on every side; whereas to stand at bay where every defile gave a coign of vantage, would give him mastery complete. 46”
“Laconian territory, he came so close to the gates that their officers actually shut out their own Boeotian cavalry on the point of entering, in terror lest the Lacedaemonians might pour into the town in company, and these Boeotian troopers were forced to cling, like bats to a wall, under each coign of vantage beneath the battlements.”
“The infant Isabella from her coign to do obeisance toward the duffgerent, as first futherer with drawn brand.”
“There were people, crowds of people, clearly visible at the office windows of the upper stories of the casino and cathedral looking out over the crowd: the casino itself might be closed, but either the rest of Billy Fairchild's empire was open for business, or he'd offered it up as a coign of vantage for those interested in seeing the concert but not mingling with the groundlings.”
Music to My Sorrow
“We passed out of the city by a gate where in a little coign of vantage a cobbler was thoughtfully hammering away in the tumult at”
“However, by the exertions of our marines — who should have been at them long ago — these sharp-shooters from the coign of vantage were now reduced to three brave fellows.”
“In Scotland Yard, sitting dozing on your benches, or talking soft nothings to the housemaids round the corner; for ye were not walking on your beats, nor standing at coign of vantage, to watch the tumults of the day.”
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