See also: Hex and hex-

EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /hɛks/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛks

Etymology 1Edit

First attested about 1830, from Pennsylvania German hexe (to practice witchcraft), from German hexen (compare Hexe (witch)).[1] The noun appeared later, in the 1850s.[2] Cognate to Norwegian Bokmål heks (witch) and Dutch heks (witch), Dutch beheksen (to bewitch), Old English hægtesse (witch, hag). Related to hag.

VerbEdit

hex (third-person singular simple present hexes, present participle hexing, simple past and past participle hexed)

  1. (transitive) To cast a spell on (specifically an evil spell), to bewitch.
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NounEdit

hex (plural hexes)

  1. An evil spell or curse.
  2. A witch.
  3. (rare) A spell (now rare but still found in compounds such as hex sign and hexcraft).
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Etymology 2Edit

Short for hexadecimal.

NounEdit

hex (uncountable)

  1. (computing, informal) Clipping of hexadecimal.
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Etymology 3Edit

Short for hexagon.

NounEdit

hex (plural hexes)

  1. A hexagonal space on a game board.
  2. (climbing) a hexagon-shaped item of rock climbing equipment intended to be wedged into a crack or other opening in the rock.
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See alsoEdit

  • (climbing): nut

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ hex”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  2. ^ hex” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.

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