noun sex·tant \ˈseks-tənt\

: an instrument used to determine the position of a ship or airplane by measuring the positions of the stars and sun

Full Definition of SEXTANT

:  an instrument for measuring angular distances used especially in navigation to observe altitudes of celestial bodies (as in ascertaining latitude and longitude)

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Origin of SEXTANT

New Latin sextant-, sextans sixth part of a circle, from Latin, sixth part, from sextus sixth
First Known Use: 1628

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay

Rhymes with SEXTANT


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