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1. sextant

noun. a unit of angular distance equal to 60 degrees.

Synonyms

  • arcdegree
  • circumference
  • degree

Etymology

  • sextans (Latin)
  • sex (Latin)

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2. sextant

noun. a measuring instrument for measuring the angular distance between celestial objects; resembles an octant.

Synonyms

  • limb
  • measuring instrument
  • measuring device
  • astrolabe

Antonyms

  • immoderation
  • moderation
  • low
  • mild

Etymology

  • sextans (Latin)
  • sex (Latin)

Example sentences of the word sextant


1. Adjective
Individuals who use sextants should press the index bar around the middle of the arc that the sextant creates and hold the sextant horizontally with the arc facing away from them.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Cut the straw to 6 inches in length and tape it along the flat edge of the sextant.

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