coign

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coign

 (koin, kwoin)
n. & v.
Variant of quoin.

coign

(kɔɪn) or

coigne

n
(Architecture) variant spellings of quoin
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Noun1.coign - expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chasecoign - expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase
wedge - something solid that is usable as an inclined plane (shaped like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate them
2.coign - the keystone of an arch
headstone, keystone, key - the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
References in classic literature ?
It was not long before the seats on the dais were filled, while the tenants and guests of lesser importance had occupied all the coigns of vantage not reserved.
While putting on its armor against the assaults of the wind, this snow had neglected no coign of vantage.
If one has a taste for that kind of thing the merest starting-point becomes a coign of vantage, and then by a series of logically deducted verisimilitudes one arrives at truth--or very near the truth--as near as any circumstantial evidence can do.