American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Upper Northern U.S. A game in which flat rings of iron or rope are pitched at a stake, with points awarded for encircling it.
- n. Upper Northern U.S. One of the rings used in this game.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To throw as a quoit; throw.
- To throw quoits; play at quoits.
- n. A flattish ring of iron, used in playing a kind of game. It is generally from 8¼ to 9½, inches in external diameter, and between 1 and 2 inches in breadth, convex on the upper side and slightly concave on the under side, so that the outer edge curves downward, and is sharp enough to cut into soft ground.
- n. plural The game played with such rings. Two pins, called
hobs, are driven part of their length into the ground some distance apart; and the players, who are divided into two sides, stand beside one hob, and in regular succession throw their quoits (of which each player has two) as near the other hob as they can. The side which has the quoit nearest the hob counts a point toward game, or, if the quoit is thrown so as to surround the hob, it counts two. The game only slightly resembles the ancient exercise of throwing the discus, which has, however, been often translated by this English word.
- n. A quoit-shaped implement used as a weapon of war; a discus. Those used by the Sikhs are of polished steel with sharp edges, and are sometimes richly ornamented with damascening or the like.
- n. In archaeology, same as dolmen.
- n. a flat disc of metal or stone thrown at a target in the game of quoits
- n. a ring of rubber or rope similarly used in the game of deck-quoits
- n. the flat stone covering a cromlech
- v. To play at quoits.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A flattened ring-shaped piece of iron, to be pitched at a fixed object in play; hence, any heavy flat missile used for the same purpose, as a stone, piece of iron, etc.
- n. A game played with quoits.
- n. The discus of the ancients. See Discus.
- n. Prov. Eng. A cromlech.
- v. To throw quoits; to play at quoits.
- v. Obs. or R. To throw; to pitch.
- n. game equipment consisting of a ring of iron or circle of rope used in playing the game of quoits
- Middle English coyte ("flat stone"), from Old French coite, from Latin culcita. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English coyte, flat stone, quoit, from Old French coilte, coite, from Latin culcita, cushion. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Olympic truce; and among these is Aristotle the philosopher, who adduces as a proof of it the quoit which is at Olympia, on which the name of”
“The Discus was a kind of quoit of a round form, made sometimes of wood, but more frequently of stone, lead, or other metal; as iron or brass.”
“His one hand slipped into his pocket and clutched the quoit.”
“The one hand of Bruce Cadogan Cavendish flashed pocketward and flashed back with the quoit balanced ripe for business.”
“Simultaneously Slim reached for his quoit, and Whiskers and Fatty for their rocks.”
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“The talon emerged, clutching ready for action a six-pound iron quoit.”
“And the Colchians gave a loud cry, like the roar of the sea when it beats upon sharp crags; and speechless amazement seized Aeetes at the rush of the sturdy quoit.”
“But Jason bethought him of the counsels of Medea full of craft, and seized from the plain a huge round boulder, a terrible quoit of Ares”
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