sextant

noun sex·tant \ ˈsek-stənt \

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 and Etymology of sextant

New Latin sextant-, sextans sixth part of a circle, from Latin, sixth part, from sextus sixth

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SEXTANT Defined for English Language Learners

sextant

noun

Definition of sextant for English Language Learners

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



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