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Meaning of SEXTANT

Pronunciation:  'sekstunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a measuring instrument for measuring the angular distance between celestial objects; resembles an octant
  2. [n]  a unit of angular distance equal to 60 degrees

SEXTANT is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: angular unit, arcdegree, astrolabe, circumference, degree, limb, measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sex"tant\, n. [L. sextans, -antis, the sixth part of an
as, fr. sextus sixth, sex six. See {Six}.]
1. (Math.) The sixth part of a circle.

2. An instrument for measuring angular distances between
   objects, -- used esp. at sea, for ascertaining the
   latitude and longitude. It is constructed on the same
   optical principle as Hadley's quadrant, but usually of
   metal, with a nicer graduation, telescopic sight, and its
   arc the sixth, and sometimes the third, part of a circle.
   See {Quadrant}.

3. (Astron.) The constellation Sextans.

{Box sextant}, a small sextant inclosed in a cylindrical case
   to make it more portable.