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quinary

[kwahy-nuh-ree] /ˈkwaɪ nə ri/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or consisting of five.
2.
arranged in fives.
3.
of, relating to, or noting a numerical system based on the number 5.
noun, plural quinaries.
4.
a number in a quinary system.
Origin of quinary
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin quīnārius, equivalent to quīn(ī) five each + -ārius -ary
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  • In its first 20 numerals it is quinary (see p. 141), and as a system must be regarded as quinary-vigesimal.

    The Number Concept Levi Leonard Conant
  • Any number system which passes the limit 10 is reasonably sure to have either a quinary, a decimal, or a vigesimal structure.

    The Number Concept Levi Leonard Conant
  • The foregoing examples will show with considerable fulness the wide dispersion of the quinary scale.

    The Number Concept Levi Leonard Conant
  • This leads the quinary into the vigesimal scale, and produces the combination so often found in certain parts of the world.

    The Number Concept Levi Leonard Conant
  • In its structure the quinary is the simplest, the most primitive, of the natural systems.

    The Number Concept Levi Leonard Conant
  • The quinary element does not disappear, but merely sinks into a relatively unimportant position.

    The Number Concept Levi Leonard Conant
  • Associated words: quinary, quintuple, quintuplicate, quincunx.

    Putnam's Word Book Louis A. Flemming
  • Above 20 the systems become vigesimal, with a quinary or decimal structure appearing in all numerals except multiples of 20.

    The Number Concept Levi Leonard Conant
  • It is quite within the bounds of possibility that the prehistoric nations of Europe possessed and used a quinary numeration.

    The Number Concept Levi Leonard Conant
  • But even then the universality of quinary counting for primitive peoples is by no means established.

    The Number Concept Levi Leonard Conant
British Dictionary definitions for quinary

quinary

/ˈkwaɪnərɪ/
adjective
1.
consisting of fives or by fives
2.
fifth in a series
3.
(of a number system) having a base of five
noun (pl) -ries
4.
a set of five
Word Origin
C17: from Latin quīnārius containing five, from quīnī five each
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Word Origin and History for quinary
adj.

c.1600, from Latin quinarius "consisting of five, containing five," from quint "five each" (see five).

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