Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An exterior angle of a wall or other piece of masonry.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A keystone.
  • noun Printing A wedge-shaped block used to lock type in a chase.
  • noun A wedge used to raise the level of a gun.
  • transitive verb To provide, secure, or raise with a quoin or quoins.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun The solid angle of a crystal in which three or more faces meet. Also written coign.
  • noun An external solid angle; specifically, in architecture and masonry, the external angle of a building.
  • noun A wedge-like piece of stone, wood, metal, or other material, used for various purposes.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Nautical, a wedge placed beneath a cask when stowed on shipboard, to prevent it from rolling.
  • noun In gunnery, a wooden wedge used to hold a gun at a desired elevation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.) Originally, a solid exterior angle, as of a building; now, commonly, one of the selected pieces of material by which the corner is marked.
  • noun A wedgelike piece of stone, wood, metal, or other material, used for various purposes
  • noun (Masonry) To support and steady a stone.
  • noun (Gun.) To support the breech of a cannon.
  • noun (Print.) To wedge or lock up a form within a chase.
  • noun (Naut.) To prevent casks from rolling.
  • noun See under Hollow.
  • noun (Canals) the post of a lock gate which abuts against the wall.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of the corner building blocks of a building, usually larger or more ornate than the surrounding blocks.
  • noun The keystone of an arch.
  • noun 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.
  • noun obsolete, nautical A form of wedge used to prevent casks from moving

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

  • noun expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase
  • noun the keystone of an arch
  • noun (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Variant of coin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Variant of coin; compare coign.

Examples

  • A quoin is a solid which differs from a wedge in having its sharp end formed by the steep inclination of one side, instead of the mutual tapering of both sides.

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  • The figure 8 represents what is called a quoin, and keeps the bolster in its place.

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  • A quoin is a solid which differs from a wedge in having its sharp end formed by the steep inclination of one side, instead of the mutual tapering of both sides.

    Moby Dick, or, the whale

  • A quoin is a solid which differs from a wedge in having its sharp end formed by the steep inclination of one side, instead of the mutual tapering of both sides.

    Moby Dick: or, the White Whale

  • A quoin is a solid which differs from a wedge in having its sharp end formed by the steep inclination of one side, instead of the mutual tapering of both sides.

    Moby-Dick, or, The Whale

  • The two inner sides of each pair of skill facets form the half of a diamond or lozenge-shaped facet, called a "quoin," of which there are four.

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  • FX: picks up quoin and wanders off to buy a cup of coffee.

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  • Or are we leaving it up to the kids to learn on their own while we maintain the status-quoin our classrooms?

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  • The letterpress landscape is littered with Qs: quad (short for quadrat), quoin, quarto, quire, question & quotation marks, even quadrata (Roman inscriptional capitals, of which I am particularly fond).

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  • The letterpress landscape is littered with Qs: quad (short for quadrat), quoin, quarto, quire, question & quotation marks, even quadrata (Roman inscriptional capitals, of which I am particularly fond).

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