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Sunday, April 21, 2013

quoin

\koin, kwoin\ , noun;
1.
one of the stones forming an external wall; cornerstone.
2.
an external solid angle of a wall or the like.
3.
any of various bricks of standard shape for forming corners of brick walls or the like.
4.
a wedge-shaped piece of wood, stone, or other material, used for any of various purposes.
5.
Printing. a wedge of wood or metal for securing type in a chase.
verb:
1.
to provide with quoins, as a corner of a wall.
2.
to secure or raise with a quoin or wedge.
Quotes:
He learned how to fashion an ornate quoin corner in many styles, before he settled on the unadorned quoin corner that is his trademark.
-- Walt Harrington, At the Heart of It, 1996
See you yon quoin o'th' Capitol, yon cornerstone?
-- William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Coriolanus, 1608
Origin:
Quoin, which entered English in the sixteenth century, shares its root with the word coin. They both come from the Latin cuneus meaning "a wedge."
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