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/ ˈkwɪn tnt /
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noun Navigation.
a sextant having an arc equal to one fifth of a circle.
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Origin of quintant

1675–85; quint- (<Latin quīntusfifth) + -ant (as in quadrant)
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How to use quintant in a sentence

  • 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