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Definition of the noun quoin

What does quoin mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: quoins

  1. expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of quoin: coign / coigne
    • more generic word: wedge = something solid that is usable as an inclined plane (shaped like a V) that can be pushed between two things to separate them
  2. the keystone of an arch
  3. (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone

Alternative definition of the noun quoin

noun

  1. Any of the corner building blocks of a building, usually larger or more ornate than the surrounding blocks.
  2. The keystone of an arch.
  3. 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.

Explanation

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.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Quoin

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Google previewModern Technical Drawing, a Handbook Describing in Detail the Preparation of Working Drawings, with Special Attention to Oblique and Circle-On-Circle (2013)

by George Ellis

Carrying up the quoin is the building up to the two ends of a wall in advance of the remainder for the purpose of lining the courses to keep ...

Google previewThe Seaman's Guide to the Navigation of the Indian Ocean and China Sea (1867)

Including a Description of the Wind, Storms, Tides, Currents, &c., Sailing Directions; a Full Account of All the Islands; with Notes on Making Passages During the Different Seasons by William Henry Rosser

Gunner's Quoin. — The Gunner's quoin is an island about a mile long in a W. by N. aud E. by S. direction, the highest part of which, the north-western point, is steep and 515 feet above the sea; thence it slopes gradually towards the southeast, ...

Google previewMoby Dick (2015)

Top 100 Classic Novels by Herman Melville

A quoin is a solid which differs from a wedge in having its sharp end formed by the steep inclination of one side, instead of the mutual tapering of both sides. The lower subdivided part, called the junk, is one immense The Great Heidelburgh.

Google previewWord Nerd (2007)

More Than 18,000 Fascinating Facts about Words by Barbara Ann Kipfer

a quodlibetarian or quodlibetary is a person who talks or argues about any subject a quoin is an external angle of a wall or building, one of the stones or bricks serving to form the angle, as a cornerstone quomodo is ...

Google previewBuilding Construction Illustrated (2014)

by Francis D. K. Ching

Quoin refers to an exteriorangle of a masonry wall, orone ofthe stones or bricks forming such an angle, usually differentiated from adjoining surfaces by material, texture, color, size, or projection.

Google previewMoby Dick (Illustrated & Annotated Edition) (2012)

by Herman Melville

A quoin is a solid which differs from a wedge in having its sharp end formed by the steep inclination of one side, instead of the mutual tapering of both sides. The lower subdivided part, called the junk, is one immense honeycomb of oil, formed ...

Google previewMoby Dick, Or The Whale (1988)

Volume 6, Scholarly Edition by Herman Melville, Harrison Hayford

A quoin is a solid which ditfers from .' wedge in having its sharp end formed by the steep inclination of one side, instead of the mutual tapering of both sides.

Google previewMitchell's Structure & Fabric (2013)

by J S Foster

A quoin is the external angle formed at the return of a wall. Where the angle formed is greater or less than 90 degrees the term squint quoin is used, qualified as obtuse or acute respectively. Stopped ends At the end of a run of wall the toothing ...

Google previewVademecum of English Grammar

A quoin is a solid which differs from a wedge in having its sharp end formed by the steep inclination of one side, instead of the mutual tapering of both sides. (H. Mel‐ ville) Everything, Bertrand (much as it may surprise you), has three ...

Google previewThe India directory, for the guidance of commanders of steamers and sailing vessels, founded upon the work of J. Horsburgh (1874)

GUNNER'S QUOIN is a conspicuous bluff hill, 1000 ft. in height, ...

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture (2013)

by Cyril M. Harris

quirk molding, quirked molding A molding quoin, coign, coin In masonry, a hard stone or brick used, with similar ones, to reinforce an external corner or edge of a wall or the like; often distinguished decoratively from adjacent masonry; may be ...

Google previewIllinois Encyclopedia (2008)

by Caryn Hannan

DU QUOIN City, Serry County; Southwest Illinois, 35 mi. south of Centralia. Du Quoin, although settled at an earlier time, was actually founded in 1853 when the first settlement was moved to the site of a new railroad. It was named after Jean ...

Google previewArchitect's Illustrated Pocket Dictionary (2012)

by Nikolas Davies, Erkki Jokiniemi

quoin moulding; a decorative moulding whose cross-section is that of a bead or ovoid formed with a quirk or notch on one or both sides; see also flush bead moulding. quirking tool a small masonry chisel for cutting narrow grooves or ...

Google previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

A quoin can also be a wedge or expanding mechanical device used for securing letterpress pages into a chase prior to printing, or a wedge for raising the level of a gun barrel or for keeping it from rolling. coke Coke is a solid fuel made by ...

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Quoin Meaning

Video shows what quoin means. Any of the corner building blocks of a building, usually larger or more ornate than the surrounding blocks.. The keystone of an ...

Scrabble value of Q10U1O1I1N1

The value of this 5-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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