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[kwin-tnt] /ˈkwɪn tnt/
noun, Navigation.
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) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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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