[ kwin-tnt ]
/ ˈkwɪn tnt /

noun Navigation.

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

Nearby words

  1. quinta,
  2. quintain,
  3. quintal,
  4. quintan,
  5. quintana roo,
  6. quinte,
  7. quintefoil,
  8. quinternion,
  9. quintero,
  10. quintessence

Origin of quintant

1675–85; quint- (< Latin quīntus fifth) + -ant (as in quadrant)

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Examples from the Web for quintant

  • 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
  • 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