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Definition: Hollow quoin
, a. [OE. holow, holgh, holf, AS. holh a hollow,
hole. Cf. Hole
1. Having an empty space or cavity, natural or artificial,
within a solid substance; not solid; excavated in the
interior; as, a hollow tree; a hollow sphere.
Hollow with boards shalt thou make it. --Ex. xxvii.
2. Depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken.
With hollow eye and wrinkled brow. --Shak.
3. Reverberated from a cavity, or resembling such a sound;
deep; muffled; as, a hollow roar. --Dryden.
4. Not sincere or faithful; false; deceitful; not sound; as,
a hollow heart; a hollow friend. --Milton.
(Arch.), an opening in the center of a winding
staircase in place of a newel post, the stairs being
supported by the wall; an open newel; also, the
stringpiece or rail winding around the well of such a
(Engin.), a pier of stone or brick made behind
the lock gates of a canal, and containing a hollow or
recess to receive the ends of the gates.
. (Bot.) See Moschatel
. See Square
, hollow vessels; -- a trade name for cast-iron
kitchen utensils, earthenware, etc.
Syn: Syn.- Concave; sunken; low; vacant; empty; void; false;
faithless; deceitful; treacherous.
(kwoin or koin; 277), n. [See Coin
, and cf.
1. (Arch.) Originally, a solid exterior angle, as of a
building; now, commonly, one of the selected pieces of
material by which the corner is marked.
Note: In stone, the quoins consist of blocks larger than
those used in the rest of the building, and cut to
dimension. In brickwork, quoins consist of groups or
masses of brick laid together, and in a certain
imitation of quoins of stone.
2. A wedgelike piece of stone, wood, metal, or other
material, used for various purposes; as:
(a) (Masonry) To support and steady a stone.
(b) (Gun.) To support the breech of a cannon.
(c) (Print.) To wedge or lock up a form within a chase.
(d) (Naut.) To prevent casks from rolling.
. See under Hollow
(Canals), the post of a lock gate which abuts
against the wall.