- 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.
Origin of quoin
Examples from the Web for quoin
Historical Examples of quoin
Quoin—a wedge placed under the breech of a gun to fix its elevation.Artillery Through the Ages
In great-gun exercise, the order which prepares for adjusting the quoin.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
While collecting at Quoin Hill, we used only guns in taking birds.
More time was spent at Quoin Hill than at any other locality.
This was the only time this species was observed in the Quoin Hill area.
coign or coigne
- 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
Word Origin for quoin
Word Origin and History for quoin
1530s, "a cornerstone," variant spelling of coin (n.); in early use also in other senses of that word, including "a wedge."