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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Quoin \Quoin\ (kwoin or koin; 277), n. [See Coin, and cf.
1. (Arch.) Originally, a solid exterior angle, as of a
building; now, commonly, one of the selected pieces of
material by which the corner is marked.
Note: In stone, the quoins consist of blocks larger than
those used in the rest of the building, and cut to
dimension. In brickwork, quoins consist of groups or
masses of brick laid together, and in a certain
imitation of quoins of stone.
2. A wedgelike piece of stone, wood, metal, or other
material, used for various purposes; as:
(a) (Masonry) To support and steady a stone.
(b) (Gun.) To support the breech of a cannon.
(c) (Print.) To wedge or lock up a form within a chase.
(d) (Naut.) To prevent casks from rolling.
Hollow quoin. See under Hollow.
Quoin post (Canals), the post of a lock gate which abuts
against the wall.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock
up a form within a chase [syn: quoin, coign, coigne]
2: the keystone of an arch [syn: quoin, coign, coigne]
3: (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially
one formed by a cornerstone [syn: corner, quoin]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
58 Moby Thesaurus words for "quoin":
Intertype, L, Linotype, Monotype, angle, apex, bend, bifurcation,
bight, cant, chevron, coin, cold-type typesetting, composing,
composing stick, composition, computerized typesetting, corner,
cornerstone, crank, crook, crotchet, deflection, dogleg, dummy,
first stone, footstone, fork, foundation stone, furcation,
furniture, galley chase, headstone, hook, hot-metal typesetting,
imposition, inflection, justification, keystone, knee, layout,
line of type, nook, photocomposition, photosetting,
phototypesetter, phototypesetting machine, point, setting, slug,
swerve, typesetting, typesetting machine, veer, vertex, zag, zig,
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