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quoin

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Variant of coin; compare coign.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kɔɪn/
  • koin, /kOIn/
  • (file)

NounEdit

quoin (plural quoins)

  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.
  4. (obsolete, nautical) A form of wedge used to prevent casks from moving

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