# sexagesimal

[sek-suh-jes-uh-muh l] /ˌsɛk səˈdʒɛs ə məl/
1.
pertaining to or based upon the number 60.
noun
2.
a fraction whose denominator is 60 or a power of 60.
Origin of sexagesimal
1675-1685
1675-85; < Medieval Latin sexāgēsimālis. See Sexagesima, -al1
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Historical Examples
• It relates to the operations with integers and sexagesimal fractions, including roots, and contains no applications.

David Eugene Smith
• The trigonometrical results are given for every hundred-thousandth of the quadrant (10″ centesimal or 3″.24 sexagesimal).

• The Babylonians adopted 60 for both these purposes, thus giving us the sexagesimal division of angles and of time.

• Each degree is divided into 60 minutes, and each minute into 60 seconds, according to the sexagesimal division of the circle.

William Henry Smyth
• After that the sexagesimal division system is abandoned, and fractions of seconds are estimated in decimals.

• Gunter had as early as 1620 given the logarithms of sines and tangents on the sexagesimal scale, as far as seven decimals.

British Dictionary definitions for sexagesimal

## sexagesimal

/ˌsɛksəˈdʒɛsɪməl/
1.
relating to or based on the number 60: sexagesimal measurement of angles
noun
2.
a fraction in which the denominator is some power of 60; a sixtieth
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Word Origin and History for sexagesimal

"pertaining to 60," 1680s, from Medieval Latin sexagesimalis, from Latin sexagesimus "the sixtieth," from sexaginta "sixty."

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