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A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

(OP)
I have a machine that is divided into thirds, and was going to use the equivalent of "quadrant" in the part description, but can't find one...
Any ideas or suggestions?

David
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RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

"a machine" ?

quadrants would be a bad choice (to describe 4 pieces)

i'd suggest "the machine is comprised of three sub-assemblies (or components)" possibly add "called/described as ... Huwey, Dewey and Luwey" giving them descriptive names; else "the first comprises of ...; the second ...; and the third ..."

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

A tertiant.

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

IMHO that's a bit of a stretch, and not easily understood

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

It's not a machine. It's atird of a machine.

It would be better to have a distinct name for each part and go with that. That way you could refer to a part or assembly "X" in your correspondence and design drawings - similar to what we do in shop drawings.

Mike McCann
MMC Engineering

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

each one might be a skid

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

" It's atird of a machine." Now that is being somewhat judgmental. :)

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

The best term, I think, would be "section". Even if your machine had four sections, I don't think that quadrant would be the appropriate term, as it would mean sector rather than section.

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

A "quadrant" is not just "one-fourth" part of something; it is very specifically one-quarter of a full circle.

Unless your machine is in the form of a full circle, and is cut up radially like pieces of pie, then "quadrant" is not the right term. If it is in fact cut up into four equal pieces, then quadrant is correct; if it is cut up into three equal 120-degree sectors, then I would call them "120-degree sectors".

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RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

==> A "quadrant" is not just "one-fourth" part of something; it is very specifically one-quarter of a full circle.
That depends entirely on context. While one-quarter of a full circle is a quadrant, not all quadrants are one-quarter of a full circle, i.e., one quadrant of a Cartesian grid.

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RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

Tertiant is correct but very few readers will understand.

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

I would agree with section. "Unit" may also be used. Take an injection molding machine for example. One has the clamp section and the injection section. You might be better off adding a descriptor to the word "section" to be the most technically and functionally accurate in manuals, instruction, and labeling.

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

if you're talking about "a machine", a complicated device that breaks down into three majot components, give the components names.

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

(OP)
The top of this machine is divided into 3 equal and identical sections... Was wanting something simple and descriptive for the drawing titleblock, so it needs to be somewhat short.
I just ended up calling it a "top table section".

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RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

I've divided a 'drawing' into quadrants (using cartesian axes) but never a device or component. Did this to make it easier for field service and quality to identify where failures were occuring

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

don't your drawings have zones on the border, A-H and 1-9, so you can point to a specific part of the drawing, like E4 ?

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

My machine is divided into quadrants = My machine is divided into fourths.

My machine is divided into tertiants = My machine is divided into thirds.

I'd use "thirds."

Best to you,

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RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

(OP)
"It's atird of a machine."
Being as this is the "Language and Grammar" forum...
That should be spelled "A TURD"

And, being as it's not built yet, I can't determine if it is a turd or not. Hopefully not.

David
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RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

Sounds the same, but I do not type profanity in this forum. At least I don't think I do... censored

Mike McCann
MMC Engineering

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

I'd call it a Thirdand/Thirdrant or Tridant (not the gum but that'd make a good joke)
5,6,7,8 = Pentant, Hexant, Septant, Octant

Sectors A, B, C would sound cool.

My last thought is You could say
FrontRight, Back & LeftRight
Front, Right_Back & Back_Right like the IsoMetric views did.
"TrIsometric" "Tetrant"
http://www.mathsisfun.com/platonic_solids.html
PS: What if we had chosen to use the duodecimal number system.
DuoDecimal&Dozenalism
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RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

(OP)
I have a pack of Trident right here on my desk... Spelled differently than Tridant... Useful after those Friday liquid lunches.

David
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RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

tercile

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

Trident: Quadrant:: triple:quadruple. Depends on what object you're choosing to apply any of these on.

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

I was going to suggest Table Top Section, but I see that I'm a bit late to the party.

Jeff Mirisola, CSWE
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RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

"Tertian" or "tierce" has its origin the Latin word tertianus meaning 1/3 rd.

RE: A fourth of a shape is a quadrant... What is a third?

If the machine is circular, I agree with SECTOR.
If the machine isn't circular at all, then try SEGMENT.
Are the individual parts are shaped like ARCS or WEDGES?


Hopefully not too far off topic: Did anyone out there ever celebrate their 33-1/3 anniversary, or 66-2/3 birthday?
It's a great way to surprise people, and a great excuse for a party for people who are numerically minded enough to get it.

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