noun, plural qui·na·ries.
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Origin of quinary
Words nearby quinary
Example sentences from the Web for quinary
The quinary element does not disappear, but merely sinks into a relatively unimportant position.
Above 20 the systems become vigesimal, with a quinary or decimal structure appearing in all numerals except multiples of 20.
This leads the quinary into the vigesimal scale, and produces the combination so often found in certain parts of the world.
But even then the universality of quinary counting for primitive peoples is by no means established.
Any number system which passes the limit 10 is reasonably sure to have either a quinary, a decimal, or a vigesimal structure.