Part of speech: noun

An instrument for determining latitude at sea.

Part of speech: noun

The sixth part of a circle; an arc of 60 degrees.

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Usage examples "sextant":

  1. Geometry has the quadrant and sextant, with Euclid beneath. - "The Lives of the Painters, Sculptors & Architects, Volume 1 (of 8)", Giorgio Vasari.
  2. The sextant having been broken to pieces, I had no means of ascertaining the position of this island, nor do I now know anything of it except that it lay, in the month of August, within the region of the southeast trade winds. - "Across the Zodiac", Percy Greg.
  3. A short treatise on the simpler methods of finding position at sea by the observation of the sun's altitude and the use of the sextant and chronometer. - "Taxidermy", Leon Luther Pray.