quintant


quintant

quintant [kwin-tnt] ExamplesWord Origin noun Navigation.

  1. a sextant having an arc equal to one fifth of a circle.

Origin of quintant 1675–85; quint- (Latin quīntus fifth) + -ant (as in quadrant) Examples from the Web for quintant Historical Examples of quintant

  • My quintant was first wrested from my coxswain, who in a tone of grief made me known the circumstance.

    The Bushman

    Edward Wilson Landor

  • The flat bar which carries the nonius scale and index-glass of a quadrant, octant, quintant, or sextant.

    The Sailor’s Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • An instrument used instead of a sextant, quintant, or quadrant; but the quintant embraces as much—viz.

    The Sailor’s Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

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