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quoin

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noun \ˈkȯin, ˈkwȯin\

Definition of quoin

  1. 1 a :  a solid exterior angle (as of a building) b :  one of the members (as a block) forming a quoin and usually differentiated from the adjoining walls by material, texture, color, size, or projection

  2. 2 :  the keystone or a voussoir of an arch

  3. 3 :  a wooden or expandable metal block used by printers to lock up a form within a chase



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Origin and Etymology of quoin

alteration of 1coin


First Known Use: 1532

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quoin

verb

Definition of quoin

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to equip (a type form) with quoins

  3. 2 :  to provide with quoins <quoined walls>



1683

First Known Use of quoin

1683

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