- a tone on the sixth degree from a given tone (counted as a first).
- the interval between such tones.
- the harmonic combination of such tones.
Examples from the Web for sixth
This “Sixth Migration” of massive human migration to Texas is the larger story of the book, and it is a significant story.
Rick would cut together five years worth of work, add the sixth, then recut six years worth of work, add the seventh, and so on.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We are currently in the sixth, which is predicted to be the worst, and, to make matters worse, we are the cause.
Instead of our sixth iPhone we suddenly start thinking about our first Jitterbug.
“The night he sold The Sixth Sense to Disney, we were all together for dinner in LA,” Nagrani recalls.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way|Tom Teodorczuk|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the morning of the sixth, they entered the river, and the same evening reached London.Self-control|Mary Brunton
At all events it seems to me quite incredible that Gaelic was not introduced into Scotland before the sixth century.The Heroic Age|H. Munro Chadwick
That keeps him going—that, and a trophy he once achieved by winning the beaten eight division of the sixth sixteen.Penguin Persons & Peppermints|Walter Prichard Eaton
Yes, sir; we laid floor on the fifth and then we were on the sixth when this happened.Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
This was the sixth afternoon that he had spent on this enslaved world.Hunters Out of Space|Joseph Everidge Kelleam
British Dictionary definitions for sixth
- coming after the fifth and before the seventh in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of six: often written 6th
- (as noun)the sixth to go
- one of six equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, measurement, etc
- (as modifier)a sixth part
Word Origin and History for sixth
1520s, replacing Middle English sixte (c.1200), from Old English syxte, from siex (see six). Cf. Old Frisian sexta, Middle Dutch seste, Old High German sehsto, German sechste, Gothic saihsta. With ending conformed to -th (1). Related: Sixthly. The noun meaning "a sixth part" is from 1550s. As a music tone, from 1590s. Sixth sense "supernatural perception of objects" is attested from 1712; earlier it meant "titillation, the sense that apprehends sexual pleasure" (1690s, from Scaliger).
Then said Peter, That is false; for there is a sixth Sense, that of Prescience : for the other five Senses are capable only of Knowledg ; but the Sixth of Foreknowledg ; which Sense the Prophets had. [William Whitson, "Primitive Christianity Reviv'd," vol. V, London, 1712]