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...or, to phrase it differently, like one of those silly SAT questions... please help me fill in this blank:

4 is to 5 as "quadrant" is to ????

(Does that make sense?)

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What is a SAT question? Anyway, tell us the context where you would use the "5" instead of quadrant. –  Alenanno Apr 8 '11 at 19:31
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It makes sense that you would not be familiar with this, @Alenanno, but he's talking about the analogies section of the test formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I), that commonly used as a required entrance exam for entrance into university in the United States. –  Uticensis Apr 8 '11 at 19:34
    
Yes-- what Billare said, exactly. The context is something like "Which quadrant of the map are you targeting?" -- except there's 5 sections of the map. –  Eric Apr 9 '11 at 17:26

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Though a very rare word, that would be a quintant.

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I thought about it... OED says it's obsolete, no wonder I couldn't found it anywhere... :D –  Alenanno Apr 8 '11 at 19:35
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@Alenanno However obsolete, a quintant is a navigational device. Similar to a sextant or an octant, a quintant has a length that is 1/5 of a 360° circle, and is divided into five 72° sections. –  HaL Apr 8 '11 at 19:45
    
Yes I "knew" it was the fifth part of a circle, when reading the "quadrant" definition, but I wasn't aware there a word for it... –  Alenanno Apr 8 '11 at 23:14
    
Ah, I love rare words! Thanks Snumpy. –  Eric Apr 9 '11 at 17:26

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