Origin of sextant
Examples from the Web for sextant
Historical Examples of sextant
Dontor glanced at the juniors, saw that Kuero had his sextant ready, and raised his own.The Players
Everett B. Cole
Prof. had forgotten his sextant and rode back to our main camp for it.A Canyon Voyage
Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
Forsythe made a notation from the sextant on a piece of paper.The Wreck of the Titan
The sextant is the one most in use and so will be described first.
Now read the angle of the height of that light by using your sextant.
Word Origin 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.