sextant

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English[edit]

A nautical sextant

Etymology[edit]

From Latin sextāns, a bronze coin worth one-sixth of an as.

Noun[edit]

sextant (plural sextants)

  1. (nautical) A navigational device for deriving angular distances between objects so as to determine latitude and longitude.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      For several days things went along in about the same course. I took our position every morning with my crude sextant; but the results were always most unsatisfactory. They always showed a considerable westing when I knew that we had been sailing due north. I blamed my crude instrument, and kept on.
  2. (geometry) One sixth of a circle or disc; a sector with an angle of 60°.

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Czech[edit]

Noun[edit]

sextant m

  1. sextant

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sextant f (plural sextants)

  1. sextant