Origin of sextant
Examples from the Web for sextant
He was expert in the use of quadrant and sextant, and could take a lunar observation and work it out with accuracy.Siam|George B. Bacon
The sextant and circle had been the property of Dunbar, and were acquired from him by Governor Gayoso.
For this we shall want a good watch, or pocket chronometer, and a sextant or other instrument for taking altitudes.
Elder Pratt gave me some instructions on the use of the sextant and showed me how to take an observation.William Clayton's Journal|William Clayton
He reached across for Captain Branscome's sextant, and held it between his shaking hands.Poison Island|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
British Dictionary definitions for sextant
Word Origin for sextant
Word Origin and History for sextant
instrument for determining latitude, 1620s, from Modern Latin sextans, said to have been coined c.1600 by Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, from Latin sextans "a sixth," from sex "six" (see six). So called because the sextans has a graduated arc equal to a sixth part of a circle.