quoin

[kwˈɔ͡ɪn], [kwˈɔ‍ɪn], [k_w_ˈɔɪ_n]

Definitions of quoin:

  1.   A wedge. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  2.   An instrument to raise anything; a wedge; a small wooden wedge used by printers to fasten the pages of type; the external angle of a wall. See Coin. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3.   The corners of brick or stone walls in brick buildings, frequently formed of stones, laid in long and short courses; a wedge used to elevate a mortar or gun to a proper level; in printing, a small wedge used to tighten the pages of type within the chase. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  4.   ( arch.) A wedge used to support and steady a stone: an external angle, esp. of a building: ( gun.) a wedge of wood or iron put under the breech of heavy guns or the muzzle of siege mortars to raise them to the proper level: ( print.) a wedge used to fasten the types in the forms. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

Usage examples for quoin:

  1. “ " No, sir," answered Quoin – The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson
  2. Run in the quoin and, blast the brig, give her a point- blanker! ” – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
  3. Quoin concluded the lighting of his pipe. ” – The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson
  4. They were mounted on wooden truck carriages and were given elevation by handspikes applied under the breech, a quoin or a wedge shaped piece of wood being pushed in to hold the breech up in position. ” – Marvels of Modern Science by Paul Severing
  5. “ " 'e's singin' out for some one to go aft an' relieve ther wheel," said Quoin who had gone to the door to listen. ” – The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson
  6. One of the Mate's watch and Quoin were with him. ” – The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson
  7. “ " Ye're a fule, Quoin – The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson
  8. Quoin stood out, and spoke for the crowd. ” – The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson
  9. As I passed him my box, Quoin looked up from his game. ” – The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson
  10. “ " I carn't understand 'ow it is ther Second Mate didn't 'appen to spot it," Quoin said, in a puzzled voice. ” – The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

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