plural quints
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
: 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
: 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 truck
quint vehicles

Examples of quint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new addition will be roughly 17 months younger than the quints. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024 The Busby quints are gearing up for a school milestone on OutDaughtered. Kelly Martinez, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2023 Adam would take the quints to visit his parents, Nana and Papa, on Friday while Danielle drove Blayke to her dance. Kelly Martinez, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2023 At the end of the episode, Danielle and Adam got the quints ready for bed and retired for the evening, relieved everything went okay after all. Kelly Martinez, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2023 The quints and older sister Blayke, 12, embraced the unexpected plan, donning adorable chef outfits in preparation for the big meal. Kelly Martinez, Peoplemag, 12 July 2023 Seven engines, one truck, two quints, one squad, one rescue responded to the fire along with a safety officer, two battalions, one assistant chief and a public information officer. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 6 June 2023 And some experts think a quint—a quintuple, or five-revolution, jump—is theoretically within reach. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2022 Skaters should be mathematically able to do a quint Salchow or toe loop. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of quint was in 1934

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“Quint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quint. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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informal : quintuplet

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