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Expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase.  Synonyms: coign, coigne.
The keystone of an arch.  Synonyms: coign, coigne.
(architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone.  Synonym: corner.

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"Quoin" Quotes from Famous Books

... direction of the wind being at south-east, all vessels going to the north-west harbour, must luff close round the gunner's quoin, and haul over for the island, taking care to avoid the reefs with which the shore is lined, and on which the surf breaks with great violence. A continuation of forts and batteries extend from the harbour's ...
— An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island • John Hunter

... lauchfull that we may convene, publictlie or privatlie, to our Commoun Prayeris, in our vulgar toung; to the end that we may encrease and grow in knowledge, and be induceid, in fervent and oft prayer,[745] to commend to God the holye Church universall, the Quoin our Soverane, hir honorable and gratiouse Husband, the habilitie[746] of thare succcssioun, your Grace Regent, the Nobilitie, and hole Estait of ...
— The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6) • John Knox

... knees, with his face on his hands in the open quoin drawer, feeling as if he had uttered a blasphemy. How long he was there he never knew, but he was disturbed by the grating of a door below, and his father's voice called ...
— Despair's Last Journey • David Christie Murray

... very strong. The figure 7 represents what is called a bolster. You see it is in the shape of a wedge. It is used to raise or depress the muzzle of the mortar. The figure 8 represents what is called a quoin, and keeps the bolster in its place. The figure 9 represents one of the many bolts by which the whole is kept in place ...
— My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field • Charles Carleton Coffin

Words linked to "Quoin" :   key, edifice, building, coign, architecture, structure, construction, wedge, keystone, coigne, corner, headstone

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