quincunx
quincunx
n. arrangement of five things in a square or rectangle with one at each corner and one in the middle; (Astrology) angle of five-twelfths of a circle (or 150°) between two things; bronze coin coined during the Roman Republic

Quincunx
A quincunx is a geometric pattern consisting of five points arranged in a cross, that is five coplanar points, four of them forming a square or rectangle and a fifth at its center. It forms the arrangement of five units in the pattern corresponding to the five-spot on a six-sided dieplaying cards, or dominoes.

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Quincunx
(n.)
The position of planets when distant from each other five signs, or 150¡.

(n.)
An arrangement of things by fives in a square or a rectangle, one being placed at each corner and one in the middle; especially, such an arrangement of trees repeated indefinitely, so as to form a regular group with rows running in various directions.

(n.)
A quincuncial arrangement, as of the parts of a flower in aestivation. See Quincuncial, 2.

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Quincunx
A tool that creates frequency distributions. Beads tumble over numerous horizontal rows of pins, which force the beads to the right or left. After a random journey, the beads are dropped into vertical slots. After many beads are dropped, a frequency distribution results. In the classroom, quincunxes are often used to simulate a manufacturing process. The quincunx was invented by English scientist Francis Galton in the 1890s.

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