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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The astrological aspect of planets distant from each other by 72° or one fifth of the zodiac.
  • n. Statistics The portion of a frequency distribution containing one fifth of the total sample.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the quantiles which divide an ordered sample population into five equally numerous subsets.
  • n. A subset thus obtained.
  • n. An aspect of planets that are distant from each other by one fifth of a zodiac (72°)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The aspect of planets when separated the fifth part of the zodiac, or 72°.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The aspect of planets when they are distant from each other the fifth part of the zodiac, or 72°.

Etymologies

Latin quīntus, fifth; see penkwe in Indo-European roots + -ile (as in quartile).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "In astronomy, an aspect of the planets, when they are 72 degrees, or a fifth part of the zodiac, distant from each other."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 377

    October 12, 2008