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[sek-stil, -stahyl] /ˈsɛk stɪl, -staɪl/
Astronomy. noting or pertaining to the aspect or position of two heavenly bodies when 60° distant from each other.
Astronomy. a sextile position or aspect.
Astrology. a sextile position or aspect, conducive to mental stimulation.
Statistics. a quantile for the special case of six equal proportions.
Origin of sextile
1550-60; < Latin sextīlis, equivalent to sext(us) sixth + -īlis -ile Unabridged
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  • Accidental dignities are when a planet is swift in motion, angular or in sextile aspect with Jupiter or Venus.

  • Mercury in trine or sextile to the Moon gives the capacity for acquiring foreign languages.

  • Saturn in trine or sextile to Venus shows much power of attachment to wife and family.

  • Now all planets are afraid of the conjunction of the sun, rejoicing in the trine, and sextile aspect thereof.

    Scientific Studies Henry Dircks
  • He also changed the name of one of the summer months from sextile to July, in honor of himself.

    Young Folks' History of Rome Charlotte Mary Yonge
  • The good aspects are the trine and sextile; the evil being the semisquare, square, sesquiquadrate, and opposition.

    Astrology Sepharial
British Dictionary definitions for sextile


(statistics) one of five actual or notional values of a variable dividing its distribution into six groups with equal frequencies
(astrology, astronomy) an aspect or position of 60° between two planets or other celestial bodies
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sextīlis one sixth (of a circle), from sextus sixth
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Word Origin and History for sextile

1550s (adj.), "at a distance of 60 degrees;" 1590s (n.); from Latin sextilis (adj.) "the sixth," from sextus "sixth" (ordinal number; see Sextus).

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