Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for sextans in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
From sex (“six”).
- a sixth part of an as, (in particular —)
- (mathematics) the sixth part of the number six (as of the numerus perfectus, in other words) unity, one
- (Later Latin) a sextant (nautical instrument)
Third-declension noun (i-stem).
- sextans in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- sextans in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- sextans in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- sextans in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
- sextans in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin