sexagesimal

adjective
sex·a·ges·i·mal | \ˌsek-sə-ˈje-sə-məl \

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

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, "The Babylonians discovered a strange form of trigonometry," 25 Aug. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sexagesimal.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sexagesimal

Share sexagesimal

Statistics for sexagesimal

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for sexagesimal

The first known use of sexagesimal was in 1647

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on sexagesimal

See words that rhyme with sexagesimal

Comments on sexagesimal

What made you want to look up sexagesimal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!