- pertaining to or based upon the number 60.
- a fraction whose denominator is 60 or a power of 60.
Origin of sexagesimal
Examples from the Web for sexagesimal
Historical Examples of sexagesimal
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-Book
William 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 Numerals
David Eugene Smith
- relating to or based on the number 60sexagesimal measurement of angles
- a fraction in which the denominator is some power of 60; a sixtieth
"pertaining to 60," 1680s, from Medieval Latin sexagesimalis, from Latin sexagesimus "the sixtieth," from sexaginta "sixty."