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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Coign  \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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  coign 
  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}] 




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