an external solid angle of a wall or the like.
one of the stones forming it; cornerstone.
any of various bricks of standard shape for forming corners of brick walls or the like.
a wedge-shaped piece of wood, stone, or other material, used for any of various purposes.
Printing. a wedge of wood or metal for securing type in a chase.
to provide with quoins, as a corner of a wall.
to secure or raise with a quoin or wedge.
- Also coign, coigne [koin]. /kɔɪn/.
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How to use quoin in a sentence
Some of my surprise may have noted itself in my face, for he laughed boastfully as he threw the quoin upon the deck.In Search of Mademoiselle | George Gibbs
Mark you this,and leaning over, he took from one of the guns a chocking quoin of hickory-wood banded with copper.In Search of Mademoiselle | George Gibbs
Porter's quoin is adopted for all carriages requiring quoins.Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. | Bureau of Ordnance, USN
A third slid a quoin along the "bed" of the carriage, under the gun, to support it at the required height.On the Spanish Main | John Masefield
He fell on his knees, with his face on his hands in the open quoin drawer, feeling as if he had uttered a blasphemy.Despair's Last Journey | David Christie Murray
British Dictionary definitions for quoin
an external corner of a wall
Also called: cornerstone a stone forming the external corner of a wall
another name for keystone (def. 1)
printing a metal or wooden wedge or an expanding mechanical device used to lock type up in a chase
a wedge used for any of various other purposes, such as (formerly) to adjust elevation in muzzle-loading cannon
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