from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small piece of metal, usually flat and circular, authorized by a government for use as money.
- n. Metal money considered as a whole.
- n. A flat circular piece or object felt to resemble metal money: a pizza topped with coins of pepperoni.
- n. Architecture A corner or cornerstone.
- n. A mode of expression considered standard: Two-word verbs are valid linguistic coin in the 20th century.
- transitive v. To make (pieces of money) from metal; mint or strike: coined silver dollars.
- transitive v. To make pieces of money from (metal): coin gold.
- transitive v. To devise (a new word or phrase).
- adj. Requiring one or more pieces of metal money for operation: a coin washing machine.
- idiom the other side of the coin One of two differing or opposing views or sides.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A piece of currency, usually metallic and in the shape of a disc, but sometimes polygonal, or with a hole in the middle.
- n. A token used in a special establishment like a casino (also called a chip).
- n. One of the suits of minor arcana in tarot, or a card of that suit.
- v. to create coins.
- v. to make up or invent, and establish
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A quoin; a corner or external angle; a wedge. See coigne, and quoin.
- n. A piece of metal on which certain characters are stamped by government authority, making it legally current as money; -- much used in a collective sense.
- n. That which serves for payment or recompense.
- transitive v. To make of a definite fineness, and convert into coins, as a mass of metal; to mint; to manufacture.
- transitive v. To make or fabricate; to invent; to originate.
- transitive v. To acquire rapidly, as money; to make.
- intransitive v. To manufacture counterfeit money.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, a corner or an angle. See quoin.
- n. The specific name given to various wedge-shaped pieces used for different purposes, as—
- n. for raising or lowering a piece of ordnance;
- n. for locking a printers' form;
- n. for fixing casks in their places, as on board a ship. See quoin.
- n. A die employed for stamping money.
- n. Hence A piece of metal, as gold, silver, copper, or some alloy, converted into money by impressing on it officially authorized marks, figures, or characters: as, gold coins; a copper coin; counterfeit coins.
- n. Collectively, coined money; coinage; a particular quantity or the general supply of metallic money: as, a large stock of coin; the current coin of the realm.
- n. Figuratively, anything that serves for payment, requital, or recompense.
- n. [F.] The clock of a stocking.
- To stamp and convert into money; mint: as, to coin gold.
- To make by coining metals: said of money.
- To represent on a coin.
- To make; fabricate; invent: as, to coin words.
- In tin-works, to weigh and stamp (tin blocks).
- To yield to the process of minting; be suitable for conversion into metallic money; be coinable.
- n. A quince.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make up
- n. a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
- v. form by stamping, punching, or printing
Middle English, from Old French, die for stamping coins, wedge, from Latin cuneus, wedge.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)