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- n. Plural form of cinque.
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He told us that twenty chance devils very much feared in our country dwelt there in six different storeys, and that the biggest twins or braces of them were called sixes, and the smallest ambs-ace; the rest cinques, quatres, treys, and deuces.
Bell ringers are taught that most names are made of three parts, with the last part referring to the number of bells (minimus 4, double 5, minor 6, triple 7, major 8, caters 9, royal 10, cinques 11, maximus 12) and the middle part (eg: "surprise" or "treble bob") referring to the class of method.
Of the five cinques, which he doth place crofs-wile. t6 THE LUSIAD. book iir.
_cinque_, _size_; thus _size-ace_ is 6-1, _cinques_ or _sinks_, double 5.