quoin, coign, coigne(noun)
expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase
quoin, coign, coigne(noun)
the keystone of an arch
(architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone
Any of the corner building blocks of a building, usually larger or more ornate than the surrounding blocks.
The keystone of an arch.
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.
A form of wedge used to prevent casks from moving
Origin: Variant of coin; compare coign.
originally, a solid exterior angle, as of a building; now, commonly, one of the selected pieces of material by which the corner is marked
a wedgelike piece of stone, wood metal, or other material, used for various purposes
to support and steady a stone
to support the breech of a cannon
to wedge or lock up a form within a chase
to prevent casks from rolling
Origin: [See Coin, and cf. Coigne.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
koin, n. (archit.) a wedge used to support and steady a stone: an external angle, esp. of a building: (gun.) a wedge of wood or iron put under the breech of heavy guns or the muzzle of siege-mortars to raise them to the proper level: (print.) a wedge used to fasten the types in the forms.—v.t. to wedge or steady with quoins. [Coin.]
The numerical value of quoin in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of quoin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
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