AskDefine | Define quoin

Dictionary Definition



1 expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase [syn: coign, coigne]
2 the keystone of an arch [syn: coign, coigne]
3 (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone [syn: corner]

User Contributed Dictionary



Variant of coin; compare coign.


  • /kɔɪn/
  • koin, /kOIn/


  1. Any of the corner building blocks of a building, usually larger or more ornate than the surrounding blocks.


Extensive Definition

Generally, a quoin is a wedge, used to support or anchor other items. More specifically, quoin may refer to:
  • In printing, quoins are wedges used by printers to hold the hand-set type in place in a printer's chase
  • In naval warfare, a quoin was a wedge manipulated at the breech end of a cannon to raise or lower the barrel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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