\ ˈkwint How to pronounce quint (audio) \
plural quints

Definition of quint

1 informal : quintuplet sense 2 Corinne, who was the smallest quint at birth—2 pounds, 14 ounces—is still the shortest.— Chris Swingle The natural birth rate for twins is 1 in 90; for quints it's around 1 in 65 million.— Sara Kliff
2 : a jump (as in figure skating or skiing) that consists of at least five but less than six revolutions … a Czech named Ales Valenta revolutionized the sport of freestyle aerials yesterday with a magical quint, five twists that earned him a spectacular score …— Filip Bondy Goebel … had already become the first U. S. skater to land a quad at the nationals … making them look so easy that his coach, Carol Heiss Jenkins, spoke of Goebel's someday doing a "quint."— E. M. Swift
3 : a multi-purpose vehicle used by firefighters that includes a water tank, fire hose, pump, aerial ladder or platform, and portable ladders Firefighters call it a "quint" because it combines five different functions, [David] Kinsey said. The truck carries a ladder, a hose, a pump with its own generator, a 400-gallon water tank and a 100-foot-long aerial tower.— Jane Meinhardt Over the next couple of years, aging engine and ladder trucks at the 10 lower-activity stations will be replaced with quints—fire trucks that carry ladders, water tank, pump, hoses and other rescue and fire suppression equipment.The Houston Chronicle often used before another noun a quint fire truckquint vehicles

Examples of quint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that’s not the only cause for celebration: The couple’s eldest daughter Blayke just turned 7 on April 5, and the quints turned 3 on April 8. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, 12 Apr. 2018 Adam and Danielle Busby, parents of the famous Busby quints, are often flooded with prodding comments from fans online. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, 23 July 2019 The quints are now 3 years old and big sister Blayke is 8. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, 28 June 2018 Olivia wears circle earrings, while the rest of the quints wear stars. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, 11 June 2019 Not as sure a thing: The year after L’affaire Sterling was when the Warriors began their quint-peat, reaching the NBA Finals five times in a row, something that hadn’t been done since the 1960s. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, 21 Aug. 2019 As Danielle tells us, the quints are gearing up to start their last year of pre-kindergarten, while Blayke is going into third grade and enrolled in her school's gifted and talented (G&T) program. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 24 July 2019 Olivia wears circle earrings, while the rest of the quints wear stars. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, 11 June 2019 Frederick added that Louisville Fire is already using quints at two other stations. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 3 July 2019

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1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Quint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quint. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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Medical Definition of quint

informal : quintuplet

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