# sexagesimal

[sek-suh-jes-uh-muh l]

- pertaining to or based upon the number 60.

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

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## Origin of sexagesimal^{}

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## Examples from the Web for sexagesimal

### Historical Examples

#### The trigonometrical results are given for every hundred-thousandth of the quadrant (10″ centesimal or 3″.24 sexagesimal).

#### The Babylonians adopted 60 for both these purposes, thus giving us the sexagesimal division of angles and of time.

#### Each degree is divided into 60 minutes, and each minute into 60 seconds, according to the sexagesimal division of the circle.

The Sailor's Word-BookWilliam Henry Smyth

#### Gunter had as early as 1620 given the logarithms of sines and tangents on the sexagesimal scale, as far as seven decimals.

#### It relates to the operations with integers and sexagesimal fractions, including roots, and contains no applications.

The Hindu-Arabic NumeralsDavid Eugene Smith

## sexagesimal

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

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- a fraction in which the denominator is some power of 60; a sixtieth

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## Word Origin and History for sexagesimal

### adj.

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

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