sexagesimal

adjective
sex·​a·​ges·​i·​mal | \ ˌsek-sə-ˈje-sə-məl How to pronounce sexagesimal (audio) \

Definition of sexagesimal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or based on the number 60

sexagesimal

noun

Definition of sexagesimal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sexagesimal fraction

Examples of sexagesimal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That same astronomical thinking led them to patch the ancient Babylonian method of counting by 60, the sexagesimal system, onto the hour. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 The ratio which replaces tan would then be b/d or d/b, but neither can be expressed exactly in sexagesimal [base 60]. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sexagesimal

Adjective

1647, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1647, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sexagesimal

Adjective

Latin sexagesimus sixtieth, from sexaginta sixty

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The first known use of sexagesimal was in 1647

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sexagesimal arithmetic

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Last Updated

6 May 2022

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“Sexagesimal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sexagesimal. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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