Definitions for quoinkɔɪn, kwɔɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quoinkɔɪn, kwɔɪn(n.)

  1. an external solid angle of a wall or the like.

    Category: Building Trades, Architecture

  2. one of the stones forming it; cornerstone.

    Category: Building Trades, Architecture

  3. a wedge-shaped piece of wood, stone, or other material, used for any of various purposes.

    Category: Building Trades

  4. a wedge of wood or metal for securing type in a chase.

    Category: Printing

  5. (v.t.)to provide with quoins, as a corner of a wall.

    Category: Building Trades

  6. to secure or raise with a quoin or wedge.

    Category: Building Trades

Origin of quoin:

1525–35; var. of coin

Princeton's WordNet

  1. quoin, coign, coigne(noun)

    expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase

  2. quoin, coign, coigne(noun)

    the keystone of an arch

  3. corner, quoin(noun)

    (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone

Wiktionary

  1. quoin(Noun)

    Any of the corner building blocks of a building, usually larger or more ornate than the surrounding blocks.

  2. quoin(Noun)

    The keystone of an arch.

  3. quoin(Noun)

    A metal wedge which fits into the space between the type and the edge of a chase, and is tightened to fix the metal type in place.

  4. quoin(Noun)

    A form of wedge used to prevent casks from moving

  5. Origin: Variant of coin; compare coign.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quoin(noun)

    originally, a solid exterior angle, as of a building; now, commonly, one of the selected pieces of material by which the corner is marked

  2. Quoin(noun)

    a wedgelike piece of stone, wood metal, or other material, used for various purposes

  3. Quoin(noun)

    to support and steady a stone

  4. Quoin(noun)

    to support the breech of a cannon

  5. Quoin(noun)

    to wedge or lock up a form within a chase

  6. Quoin(noun)

    to prevent casks from rolling

Freebase

  1. Quoin

    Quoins are masonry blocks at the corner of a wall. They exist in some cases to provide actual strength for a wall made with inferior stone or rubble and in other cases to make a feature of a corner, creating an impression of permanence and strength, and reinforcing the onlooker’s sense of a structure’s presence. Stone quoins are used on stone or brick buildings. Brick quoins may appear on brick buildings extruding from the facing brickwork in such a way as to give the appearance of blocks. Where quoins are used for decoration and not for load-bearing, they may be made from a variety of materials including brick, stone or timber. In one common form of decorative use, quoins wrap around the wall with their longest sides oriented horizontally, first left, then right about the corner. The long and short quoining method places long stone blocks with their lengths oriented vertically, between smaller stone blocks that are laid flat. This load bearing quoining is common in Anglo-Saxon buildings such as that of St Bene't's Church in Cambridge, England.

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