sextile

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

adjective

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

noun

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.

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Origin of sextile

1550–60; <Latin sextīlis, equivalent to sext(us) sixth + -īlis-ile
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British Dictionary definitions for sextile

sextile
/ (ˈsɛkstaɪl) /

noun

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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