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quoin

noun \ ˈkȯin , ˈkwȯin \

Definition of quoin

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

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quoin

verb

Definition of quoin

transitive verb
1 :to equip (a type form) with quoins
2 :to provide with quoins
  • quoined walls

First Known Use of quoin

1683

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