American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An arrangement of five objects with one at each corner of a rectangle or square and one at the center.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An arrangement of five objects in a square, one at each corner and one in the middle (thus, ); especially, an arrangement, as of trees, in such squares continuously. A collection of trees in such squares forms a regular grove or wood, presenting parallel rows or alleys in different directions, according to the spectator's position. See diagram under quincuncial.
- n. In botany, same as quincuncial estivation (which see, under quincuncial).
- n. In astrology, the position of planets when distant from each other five signs or 150°.
- n. A Roman brass coin of five unciæ.
- n. A reliquary in the shape of a cross, the four parts of which can be folded over the central one.
- n. An arrangement of five units in a pattern corresponding to the five-spot on dice, playing cards, or dominoes.
- n. astrology An angle of five-twelfths of a circle, or 150°, between two objects.
- n. A bronze coin minted during the Roman Republic, valued at five-twelfths of an as.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An arrangement of things by fives in a square or a rectangle, one being placed at each corner and one in the middle; especially, such an arrangement of trees repeated indefinitely, so as to form a regular group with rows running in various directions.
- n. (Astrol.) The position of planets when distant from each other five signs, or 150°.
- n. (Bot.) A quincuncial arrangement, as of the parts of a flower in æstivation. See Quincuncial, 2.
- From Latin quincunx (Wiktionary)
- Latin quīncūnx, quīncūnc-, five twelfths : quīnque, five; see penkwe in Indo-European roots + ūncia, twelfth part of a unit; see ounce1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“There is also one extra division of 150 degrees, the quincunx, which is an aspect of change.”
“Others plant them in form of a quincunx, which is better for the hop, and will do very well where your ground is but small that you may overcome it with either the breast plough or spade. ”
“The Galton board, also known as a quincunx or bean machine, is a device for statistical experiments named after English scientist Sir Francis Galton.”
“Joystiq, a Terminal Reality spokesperson said: "For the record, the PS3 version is softer due to the 'quincunx' antialiasing filter and the fact we render at about 75% the resolution of the 360 version.”
“He's the fellow who does our Face-Off features and compiles bonkers articles about individual BioShock frames, incidentally, and to whom words such as "quincunx" mean something.”
“There was a quincunx of springs, the waters of which were believed by many to be a cure for a multiplicity of ills, to be found in the shrine in the centre of the town and, beyond the locks of the river (which flowed east, to the city of Landward), were the parlours of the wonder-workers.”
“On October 4, Venus and Jupiter meet up in a quirky quincunx, offering us the opportunity to gain perspective on society, self-worth and our ability to give and receive love.”
“The Venus-Neptune quincunx urges us to bring our ideals into reality instead of deluding ourselves with our old fantasies.”
“October 9, Venus opposes Uranus and makes a quirky quincunx to Neptune.”
“The southwest tower of the quincunx is visible at left with the south library of the third level just visible behind the tower.”
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