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quoin (koin, kwoin) noun
1. An external angle of a wall; outer corner.
2. One of the stones or bricks forming such an angle: cornerstone.
3. A wedge-shaped block.
1. To build a corner with distinctive blocks.
2. To secure metal type with a quoin (in printing).
[Variant of coin.]
"Built between 1805 and 1813, they are white-columned and green-shuttered,
with white stone quoins. And painted a giddy pink."
"It's the Tudor, an imposing, nine-story building of brick and rough-hewn
stone, accented with smooth brownstone lintels and quoins, swelled fronts
This week's theme: words from architecture.
Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. -George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)
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