quoin, coign, coigne

(noun) the keystone of an arch

quoin, coign, coigne

(noun) expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase

Source: WordNet® 3.1



coign (plural coigns)

A projecting corner or angle; a cornerstone.

The keystone of an arch.

A wedge used in typesetting.

A a corner of a crystal formed by the intersection of three or more faces at a point (in crystallography)

An original angular elevation of land around which continental growth has taken place (in geology)


• incog

Source: Wiktionary

Coign, n.

Definition: A var. spelling of Coin, Quoin, a corner, wedge; -- chiefly used in the phrase coign of vantage, a position advantageous for action or observation.

From some shielded nook or coign of vantage. The Century.

The lithosphere would be depressed on four faces; . . . the four projecting coigns would stand up as continents. Nature.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


Word of the Day

8 February 2023


(verb) pass on or delegate to another; “The representative devolved his duties to his aides while he was in the hospital”

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Coffee Trivia

The earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking as the modern beverage appeared in modern-day Yemen. In the middle of the 15th century in Sufi shrines where coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed for drinking. The Yemenis procured the coffee beans from the Ethiopian Highlands.

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