from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An exterior angle of a wall or other piece of masonry.
- n. Any of the stones used in forming such an angle, often being of large size and dressed or arranged so as to form a decorative contrast with the adjoining walls.
- n. A keystone.
- n. Printing A wedge-shaped block used to lock type in a chase.
- n. A wedge used to raise the level of a gun.
- transitive v. To provide, secure, or raise with a quoin or quoins.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the corner building blocks of a building, usually larger or more ornate than the surrounding blocks.
- n. The keystone of an arch.
- n. A metal wedge which fits into the space between the type and the edge of a chase, and is tightened to fix the metal type in place.
- n. A form of wedge used to prevent casks from moving
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Originally, a solid exterior angle, as of a building; now, commonly, one of the selected pieces of material by which the corner is marked.
- n. A wedgelike piece of stone, wood, metal, or other material, used for various purposes
- n. To support and steady a stone.
- n. To support the breech of a cannon.
- n. To wedge or lock up a form within a chase.
- n. To prevent casks from rolling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An external solid angle; specifically, in architecture and masonry, the external angle of a building.
- n. A wedge-like piece of stone, wood, metal, or other material, used for various purposes.
- n. In gem-cutting, any one of the four facets on the crown of a brilliant; also, any one of the four facets on the pavilion or base. These facets divide each portion of the brilliant into four parts. Also called lozenge. See cut under brilliant.
- n. Nautical, a wedge placed beneath a cask when stowed on shipboard, to prevent it from rolling.
- n. In gunnery, a wooden wedge used to hold a gun at a desired elevation.
- To wedge, steady, or raise with quoins, as a stone in building a wall, the types in a chase, etc.: generally with up. See quoin, n., 2.
- n. The solid angle of a crystal in which three or more faces meet. Also written coign.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase
- n. the keystone of an arch
- n. (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone
Variant of coin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Variant of coin; compare coign. (Wiktionary)