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quoinalso coign or coin (koin, kwoin)
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.]
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quoin(kwɔɪn; kɔɪn) (kɔɪn) ,
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)]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
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|Noun||1.||quoin - 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|
|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"
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
(= outer corner of wall) → Ecke f; (= cornerstone) → Eckstein m
(Typ) → Schließzeug nt
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