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  • n. Plural form of quoin.


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  • After the blocks have been spaced as desired, and the spaces filled with furniture, the form is "locked up," or tightened securely, with wedge-shaped pieces of iron called "quoins," and it is then placed in position on the bed of the press, securely fastened by screw clamps, and "making ready" for printing is begun.

    The Building of a Book A Series of Practical Articles Written by Experts in the Various Departments of Book Making and Distributing

  • Expanding metal brackets called "quoins" locked these into place, and the form was placed in a press.


  • I recognized Federal inspired houses with their rectangular structure and slim, delicate iron railings; those stately old dames mingled freely with Georgian homes with hipped roofs and quoins on the corners.

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  • Instead this stretch of the west Wales coast looks like Cornwall before it got all Cornwall TM, all blooming samphire, gently rusting quoins and pretty little fishing towns so delicious you could gobble them up for tea with cream and jam on.

    Let's move to New Quay, west Wales

  • I throw myself up onto the granite windowsill, holding on to the quoins.

    The Other Side of Dark

  • Alan is the smallest organic grower with one hectare under cultivation in Wiltshire (his website is www.

    John Tepper Marlin: Green Edge 2: Organic Wine-Making

  • The vernacular of austere Merthic style — flattened stone columns, bricked quoins devoid of plaster or wash — was indicative of the speed with which defensible households had needed to be raised.

    Son of a Witch

  • Above the latter tower two sister-quoins of ruddy material, the

    The Land of Midian

  • Throw in the background, slowly rising as you recede from the shore, a curtain of plutonic peaks and buttresses, cones, quoins, cupolas, parrot-beaks; with every trick of shape, from the lumpy Zahd to the buttressed and pinnacled

    The Land of Midian

  • Sure enough Sharpe saw them edge the howitzer's trail to compensate, and then watched through the telescope as the quoins were hammered under the stubby barrel.

    Sharpe's Havoc


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  • Stones, frequently dressed, used in the angles of buildings.

    August 26, 2008