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  • n. quoin (keystone)
  • n. coign (wedge)
  • n. coign; corner; angle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A quoin.
  • n. The practice of quartering one's self as landlord on a tenant; a quartering of one's self on anybody.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Ireland, formerly, the custom of landlords quartering themselves upon their tenants at pleasure. The term appears to have been applied also to the forcible billeting of others, as of soldiers.
  • To quarter one's self on another by force; live by extortion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the keystone of an arch
  • n. expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase

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