quoin

(redirected from quoins)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to quoins: quoin stone
click for a larger image
quoin
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
References in classic literature ?
Regarding the Sperm whale's head as a solid oblong, you may, on an inclined plane, sideways divide it into two quoins, whereof the lower is the bony structure, forming the cranium and jaws, and the upper an unctuous mass wholly free from bones; its broad forward end forming the expanded vertical apparent forehead of the whale.
The building originally had keystones crowning the tall arches, Corinthian capitals atop the columns, and decoratively faceted quoins on the pier at the corner of Church St.
The front of the property looks very distinguished with its Georgian influenced facade and stone quoins, decoration to the eaves and pediment bearing the Wrottesley family arms.
The special homes abound in outstanding hand-crafted architectural features, hand-cut stone arches, natural stone quoins, heads and cills, fine exposed antique brickwork and stonework There are feature fireplaces, antique pitch pine beams and trusses all bringing immense character and charm to each of these individual properties.
The handsome double fronted property has a columned porch entrance and decorative quoins at the side, contrasting with the red brick.
The original farmhouse is thought to date back to around the 17th century and it was the Gowers who rebuilt the house around 1864 (a date carved on a beam in the roof space suggests this year) using local Llanfallteg bricks in conjunction with stone quoins.
M Hussain, extensions (modified proposal to change render to brickwork and add art stone quoins, heads and sills), 66 and 68 Field Lane, Ravensthorpe.
The house dates from the early part of this century but it could easily be mistaken as being constructed during a much earlier period with its symmetrical faade, stone quoins, steeply pitched roof with dormer windows and distinctive turret.
The most suitable positions were quoins, fence pillars, gate and gas valves and hydrants, street inlets, poles of overhead lines and public lighting, traffic signs and curb returns.
Outside carries an effortless opulence - raised surrounds, colonettes with Corinthian capitals, along with raised pilasters, quoins and keystones.
Q What is the best way to clean my red sandstone quoins and window surrounds, which have become tainted green as a result of damp weather over the years.