[ sek-stil, -stahyl ]
/ ˈsɛk stɪl, -staɪl /


Astronomy. noting or pertaining to the aspect or position of two heavenly bodies when 60° distant from each other.


Astronomy. a sextile position or aspect.
Astrology. a sextile position or aspect, conducive to mental stimulation.
Statistics. a quantile for the special case of six equal proportions.

Nearby words

  1. sextant,
  2. sextantis,
  3. sextern,
  4. sextet,
  5. sextic,
  6. sextillion,
  7. sexting,
  8. sexto,
  9. sextodecimo,
  10. sexton

Origin of sextile

1550–60; < Latin sextīlis, equivalent to sext(us) sixth + -īlis -ile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sextile


/ (ˈsɛkstaɪl) /


statistics one of five actual or notional values of a variable dividing its distribution into six groups with equal frequencies
astrology astronomy an aspect or position of 60° between two planets or other celestial bodies

Word Origin for sextile

C16: from Latin sextīlis one sixth (of a circle), from sextus sixth

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Word Origin and History for sextile


1550s (adj.), "at a distance of 60 degrees;" 1590s (n.); from Latin sextilis (adj.) "the sixth," from sextus "sixth" (ordinal number; see Sextus).

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