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A sextans of the Roman Republic, circa 210 BC.


From Latin sextāns, from sex (six).


sextans (plural sextantes)

  1. (historical, Roman antiquity) A Roman coin worth one sixth of an as.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)


Latin numbers (edit)
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    Cardinal: sex
    Ordinal: sextus
    Adverbial: sexiēs, sexiēns
    Multiplier: sexuplus, sexuplex, sextuplus, seplex
    Distributive: sēnī
    Collective: sēniō
    Fractional: sextāns
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From sex (six).



sextāns m (genitive sextantis); third declension

  1. a sixth part of an as, (in particular —)
    1. (a coin)
    2. (a weight)
    3. the sixth part of a juger (a measure of land)
    4. the sixth part of a sextarius (a measure of liquid)
    5. (a measure of length)
  2. (mathematics) the sixth part of the number six (as of the numerus perfectus, in other words) unity, one
  3. (Later Latin) a sextant (nautical instrument)


Third-declension noun (i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative sextāns sextantēs
Genitive sextantis sextantium
Dative sextantī sextantibus
Accusative sextantem sextantēs
Ablative sextante sextantibus
Vocative sextāns sextantēs

Related terms[edit]


  • Russian: секстан (sekstan), секстант (sekstant)

See also[edit]


  • 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