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Definitions of quoin

  1. expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Originally, a solid exterior angle, as of a building; now, commonly, one of the selected pieces of material by which the corner is marked. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A wedgelike piece of stone, wood metal, or other material, used for various purposes Webster Dictionary DB
  5. to support and steady a stone. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To support the breech of a cannon. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To wedge or lock up a form within a chase. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To prevent casks from rolling. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The keystone of an arch. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. (arch.) A wedge used to support and steady a stone: an external angle, esp. of a building: (gun.) a wedge of wood or iron put under the breech of heavy guns or the muzzle of siege mortars to raise them to the proper level: (print.) a wedge used to fasten the types in the forms. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. A wedge. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. An instrument to raise anything; a wedge; a small wooden wedge used by printers to fasten the pages of type; the external angle of a wall. See Coin. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. The corners of brick or stone walls in brick buildings, frequently formed of stones, laid in long and short courses; a wedge used to elevate a mortar or gun to a proper level; in printing, a small wedge used to tighten the pages of type within the chase. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. koin, n. (archit.) a wedge used to support and steady a stone: an external angle, esp. of a building: (gun.) a wedge of wood or iron put under the breech of heavy guns or the muzzle of siege-mortars to raise them to the proper level: (print.) a wedge used to fasten the types in the forms.--v.t. to wedge or steady with quoins. [Coin.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. External angle of building; stone or brick forming angle, cornerstone, whence quoining (3) n.; internal corner of room; wedge for locking type in form, raising level of gun, keeping barrel from rolling, &c.; (vb) secure or raise with qq. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  16. [Fr., Gr.] (Arch.) An angle of a building. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  17. [Fr., Gr.] In Printing, a wedge for securing pages in the chase. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  18. n. [French] A corner;---a wedge ;-a metallic wedge for raising caution and other military engines ;-in printing, a small wooden wedge used to lock the types in the galley, chase, or form ; - any external angle ; especially, the external angle of a building. Cabinet Dictionary

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