# quinary

[kwahy-nuh-ree] /ˈkwaɪ nə ri/
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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Examples from the Web for quinary
Historical Examples
• In its first 20 numerals it is quinary (see p. 141), and as a system must be regarded as quinary-vigesimal.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Levi Leonard Conant
British Dictionary definitions for quinary

## quinary

/ˈkwaɪnərɪ/
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

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

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### Word Value for quinary

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