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smooth-cut quoins

quoin

also coign or coin  (koin, kwoin)
n.
1.
a. An exterior angle of a wall or other piece of masonry.
b. Any of the stones used in forming such an angle, often being of large size and dressed or arranged so as to form a decorative contrast with the adjoining walls.
c. A piece of wood or other material used as trim on the corner of a building in imitation of such a stone.
2. A keystone.
3. Printing A wedge-shaped block used to lock type in a chase.
4. A wedge used to raise the level of a gun.
tr.v. quoined, quoin·ing, quoins also coigned or coign·ing or coigns or coined or coin·ing or coins
To provide, secure, or raise with a quoin or quoins.

[Variant of coin.]

quoin

(kwɔɪn; kɔɪn) (kɔɪn) ,

coign

or

coigne

n
1. (Architecture) an external corner of a wall
2. (Architecture) Also called: cornerstone a stone forming the external corner of a wall
3. (Architecture) another name for keystone1
4. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a metal or wooden wedge or an expanding mechanical device used to lock type up in a chase
5. a wedge used for any of various other purposes, such as (formerly) to adjust elevation in muzzle-loading cannon
[C16: variant of coin (corner)]

quoin

(kɔɪn, kwɔɪn)

n.
1. an external solid angle of a wall or the like.
2. one of the stones forming it; cornerstone.
3. a wedge-shaped piece of wood, stone, or other material, used for any of various purposes.
4. a wedge of wood or metal for securing type in a chase.
v.t.
5. to provide with quoins, as a corner of a wall.
6. to secure or raise with a quoin or wedge.
[1525–35; variant of coin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quoin - expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chasequoin - 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.quoin - the keystone of an arch
headstone, keystone, key - the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
3.quoin - (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
Translations

quoin

[kɔɪn] N (= angle) → esquina f, ángulo m; (= stone) → piedra f angular (Typ) → cuña f

quoin

n
(= outer corner of wall)Ecke f; (= cornerstone)Eckstein m
(Typ) → Schließzeug nt
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An important property in Chipping Campden, it is made of dressed ashlar stone with quoin stones, a parapet and beautifully proportioned sash windows.
Inside, the centrally-heated, mainly double-glazed house with feature quoin stones and unusually-shaped porthole windows, has a surprising amount of living space.