Definition of Quoin

1. Noun. Expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase.

Exact synonyms: Coign, Coigne
Generic synonyms: Wedge



2. Noun. The keystone of an arch.
Exact synonyms: Coign, Coigne
Generic synonyms: Headstone, Key, Keystone

3. Noun. (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone.
Exact synonyms: Corner
Group relationships: Building, Edifice
Generic synonyms: Construction, Structure
Category relationships: Architecture

Definition of Quoin

1. n. Originally, a solid exterior angle, as of a building; now, commonly, one of the selected pieces of material by which the corner is marked.

Definition of Quoin

1. Noun. Any of the corner building blocks of a building, usually larger or more ornate than the surrounding blocks. ¹

2. Noun. The keystone of an arch. ¹

3. 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. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete nautical) A form of wedge used to prevent casks from moving ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Quoin

1. to secure with a type of wedge [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Quoin

1. 1. Originally, a solid exterior angle, as of a building; now, commonly, one of the selected pieces of material by which the corner is marked. In stone, the quoins consist of blocks larger than those used in the rest of the building, and cut to dimension. In brickwork, quoins consist of groups or masses of brick laid together, and in a certain imitation of quoins of stone. 2. A wedgelike piece of stone, wood metal, or other material, used for various purposes, as: To prevent casks from rolling. Hollow quoin. See Hollow. Quoin post, the post of a lock gate which abuts against the wall. See: Coin, and cf. Coigne. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Quoin

quodlibetarians
quodlibets
quodlin
quodlins
quodque
quods
quohog
quohogs
quoi ci quoi ça
quoif
quoifed
quoifing
quoifs
quoil
quoils
quoin (current term)
quoined
quoining
quoinings
quoins
quoist
quoists
quoit
quoited
quoiter
quoiters
quoiting
quoits
quoke
quokka

Literary usage of Quoin

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Printing: A Practical Treatise on the Art of Typography as Applied More by Charles Thomas Jacobi (1908)
"Another patent quoin is called the Wickersham, fig. 43, and is made of steel on the three-disk-cam principle. It is sold in two sizes, the smaller being in ..."

2. Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy by Navy Dept, United States, Bureau of Ordnance (1866)
"When the inner or thick end of the quoin is fair with the end of the bed in place, the gun is level in the carriage; or horizontal, when the ship is upright ..."

3. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge edited by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1884)
"158, 1 b. Rabshakeh, Assyrian officer, II. 35, 2 c. quoin, hollow [koin], of a canal lock, III. 681, 1 b. quoin post, or heel, #. ..."

4. Sub-tropical Rambles in the Land of Aphanapteryx: Personal Experiences by Nicolas Pike (1873)
"... The Mountain—G-eological Features—Caves—Gabriel Island—The quoin—Detached Rocks on Mountain—Volcanoes supposed to have been in this Vicinity—Return. ..."

5. Sub-Tropical Rambles in the Land of the Aphanapteryx: Personal Experiences by Nicolas Pike (1873)
"... The Mountain—Geological Features—Caves—Gabriel Island—Thc quoin—Detached Rocks on Mountain—Volcanoes supposed to have been in this Vicinity—Return. ..."

6. A Directory for the Navigation of the Indian Ocean: With Descriptions of Its by Alexander G. Findlay (1866)
"From Danger Point to quoin Point, a distance of 19 miles SE by S., the coast is low near the sea, and backed by bare rugged hills of moderate elevation, ..."

7. A Dictionary of Mechanical Science, Arts, Manufactures, and Miscellaneous by Alexander Jamieson (1829)
"The quoin is to be taken from under the breech of the gun and the bed, still resting upon ... The quoin, crow, and handspike, are to be put under the gun; ..."

8. A Sailing Directory for the Ethiopic Or South Atlantic Ocean, Including the by Alexander G. Findlay (1867)
"From Danger Point to quoin Point, a distance of 10 miles SE by S., the coast is low near the sea, and backed by bare rugged hills of moderate elevation one ..."

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