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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sequence of five cards of the same suit in one hand in piquet.
  • noun A quintuplet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An abbreviation of quintet, 2.
  • noun A prefix of the names of musical instruments and of organ-stops, denoting a variety whose pitch is a fifth above or below that of the usual variety.
  • noun A set or sequence of five, as in piquet.
  • noun In music, same as fifth, 2.
  • noun In organ-building, a stop giving tones a fifth above the normal pitch of the digitals used.
  • noun The smallest of the three varieties of viola da bracchio. See viol.
  • noun The E string or chanterelle of a violin: probably so called from the highest string of the lute.
  • noun In fencing, the fifth of the eight parries in sword-play. It is taught in the schools, but rarely used in practice.

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

  • noun A set or sequence of five, as in piquet.
  • noun (Mus.) The interval of a fifth.
  • noun informal one of a set of quintuplets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music an interval of one fifth
  • noun a sequence of five playing cards of the same suit; equivalent to a straight flush in poker
  • noun US a quin or quintuplet
  • noun firefighting A vehicle used by firefighters that combines the capabilities of a fire engine and a fire truck, having the ability to provide vertical access as well as pump water to fight a fire.
  • noun quinte; In fencing, the fifth fencer in parrying or attacking position.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
  • noun one of five children born at the same time from the same pregnancy

Etymologies

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

[French quinte, from Old French, interval of a fifth (in music), feminine of quint, fifth, from Latin quīntus; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.]

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