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# quinary

## Definitions

### from The Century Dictionary.

• Based upon five.
• Divided in a set of five, as parts or organs of most radiates.
• In zoology, same as quinarian.
• noun A whole composed of five parts or elements.

### from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

• adjective Consisting of five; arranged by fives.
• adjective (Zoöl.) a fanciful classification based on the hypothesis that each group contains five types.

• adjective Of fifth rank or order.
• adjective Consisting of five things; arranged in fives
• adjective mathematics To the base of five; represented by the numerals 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4.

## Etymologies

From the Latin quīnārius ("containing five each"), from quīnī ("five each”, “five at a time") + -ārius (whence the English suffix -ary); compare the French quinaire, the Italian quinario, and the Portuguese quinário.

## Examples

• Examples of this are furnished in a more or less perfect manner by nearly all so-called quinary-vigesimal and quinary-decimal scales.

The Number Concept Its Origin and Development Levi Leonard Conant

• In its structure the quinary is the simplest, the most primitive, of the natural systems.

The Number Concept Its Origin and Development Levi Leonard Conant

• “Khumásiyah” which Lane (ii. 438) renders “of quinary stature.”

• Here, says Pantagruel, doth he more amply and fully insinuate unto us, by the token which he showeth forth of the quinary number, that you shall be married.

• Here, says Pantagruel, doth he more amply and fully insinuate unto us, by the token which he showeth forth of the quinary number, that you shall be married.

• Any number system which passes the limit 10 is reasonably sure to have either a quinary, a decimal, or a vigesimal structure.

The Number Concept Its Origin and Development Levi Leonard Conant

• One remarkably interesting number system is that exhibited by the Mosquito tribe [212] of Central America, who possess an extensive quinary-vigesimal scale containing one binary and three senary compounds.

The Number Concept Its Origin and Development Levi Leonard Conant

• As the count proceeds further, the quinary base may be retained, or it may be supplanted by a decimal or a vigesimal base.

The Number Concept Its Origin and Development Levi Leonard Conant

• In view of these facts, and of the extreme readiness with which a tribe would through its finger counting fall into the use of the quinary method, it does not at first seem improbable that the quinary was _the_ original system.

The Number Concept Its Origin and Development Levi Leonard Conant

• VI., etc., with equal certainty suggests quinary counting, but the Latin language contains no vestige of anything of the kind, and the whole range of Latin literature is silent on this point, though it contains numerous references to finger counting.

The Number Concept Its Origin and Development Levi Leonard Conant