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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Coign n. 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up
           a form within a chase [syn: quoin, coigne]
      2: the keystone of an arch [syn: quoin, coigne]