hex

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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]

Verb[edit]

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

  1. To put a hex (a spell, especially an evil spell) on.
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Noun[edit]

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 2[edit]

Short for hexadecimal.

Noun[edit]

hex (uncountable)

  1. (computing, informal) Short for hexadecimal.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Short for hexagon.

Noun[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

(climbing): nut

References[edit]

  1. ^ hex” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online
  2. ^ hex” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.