- next after the fifteenth; being the ordinal number for 16.
- being one of 16 equal parts.
- a sixteenth part, especially of one (1/16).
- the sixteenth member of a series.
- Music. sixteenth note.
Origin of sixteenth
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Examples from the Web for sixteenth
Protecting its most valued informant may well explain why it took decades to bring the Sixteenth Street Church bombers to justice.
Was Rowe involved in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church?
Next day was Sunday, as glorious a sixteenth of September as could be desired.The Roof of France
What was it that wrought this peaceful wonder of the sixteenth century?Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
In the sixteenth century the progress of the art was in the same direction.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
What did it cost one traveler to get to America in the sixteenth century?Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
The date of its erection was about the middle of the sixteenth century.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
- (usually prenominal)
- coming after the fifteenth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of sixteen: often written 16th
- (as noun)the sixteenth of the month
- one of 16 equal or nearly equal parts of something
- (as modifier)a sixteenth part
- the fraction that is equal to one divided by 16 (1/16)
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Word Origin and History for sixteenth
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