sexagesimal

[ sek-suh-jes-uh-muh l ]
/ ˌsɛk səˈdʒɛs ə məl /
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adjective

pertaining to or based upon the number 60.

noun

a fraction whose denominator is 60 or a power of 60.

Nearby words

  1. sex-text,
  2. sex-typed,
  3. sexagenarian,
  4. sexagenary,
  5. sexagesima,
  6. sexaholic,
  7. sexangular,
  8. sexavalent,
  9. sexcentenary,
  10. sexdecillion

Origin of sexagesimal

From the Medieval Latin word sexāgēsimālis, dating back to 1675–85. See Sexagesima, -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for sexagesimal

sexagesimal

/ (ˌsɛksəˈdʒɛsɪməl) /

adjective

relating to or based on the number 60sexagesimal measurement of angles

noun

a fraction in which the denominator is some power of 60; a sixtieth
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Word Origin and History for sexagesimal

sexagesimal

adj.

"pertaining to 60," 1680s, from Medieval Latin sexagesimalis, from Latin sexagesimus "the sixtieth," from sexaginta "sixty."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper