hex

hex

1 [heks]
verb (used with object)
1.
to bewitch; practice witchcraft on: He was accused of hexing his neighbors' cows because they suddenly stopped giving milk.
noun
2.
spell; charm: With all this rain, somebody must have put a hex on our picnic.
3.
a witch.

Origin:
1820–30; < German Hexe witch; see hag1

hexer, noun
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hex

2 [heks]
adjective Informal.
1.
hexagonal: a bolt with a matching washer and hex nut.
2.
hexadecimal ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1920–25; by shortening

hex.

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hex1 (hɛks)
 
n
a.  short for hexadecimal
 b.  (as modifier): hex code

hex2 (hɛks)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to bewitch
 
n
2.  an evil spell or symbol of bad luck
3.  a witch
 
[C19: via Pennsylvania Dutch from German Hexe witch, from Middle High German hecse, perhaps from Old High German hagzissa; see hag1]
 
'hexer2
 
n

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hex
1830, from Pennsylvania Ger. hexe "to practice witchcraft," from Ger. hexen "to hex," related to Hexe "witch," from M.H.G. hecse, hexse, from O.H.G. hagazussa (see hag). Noun meaning "magic spell" is first recorded 1909.
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hex definition


1. hexadecimal.
2. A 6-pack of anything (compare quad). Neither usage has anything to do with magic or black art, though the pun is appreciated and occasionally used by hackers. True story: As a joke, some hackers once offered some surplus ICs for sale to be worn as protective amulets against hostile magic. The chips were, of course, hex inverters.
3. The hash character, used to introduce hexadecimal constants in some assembly languages.
[Jargon File]
(1995-03-06)

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
hex.
  1. hexagon

  2. hexagonal

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