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sextile

[sek-stil, -stahyl] /ˈsɛk stɪl, -staɪl/
adjective
1.
Astronomy. noting or pertaining to the aspect or position of two heavenly bodies when 60° distant from each other.
noun
2.
Astronomy. a sextile position or aspect.
3.
Astrology. a sextile position or aspect, conducive to mental stimulation.
4.
Statistics. a quantile for the special case of six equal proportions.
Origin of sextile
1550-1560
1550-60; < Latin sextīlis, equivalent to sext(us) sixth + -īlis -ile
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  • The good aspects are the trine and sextile; the evil being the semisquare, square, sesquiquadrate, and opposition.

    Astrology Sepharial
  • Accidental dignities are when a planet is swift in motion, angular or in sextile aspect with Jupiter or Venus.

  • Now all planets are afraid of the conjunction of the sun, rejoicing in the trine, and sextile aspect thereof.

    Scientific Studies Henry Dircks
  • Mercury in trine or sextile to the Moon gives the capacity for acquiring foreign languages.

  • Saturn in trine or sextile to Venus shows much power of attachment to wife and family.

  • He also changed the name of one of the summer months from sextile to July, in honor of himself.

    Young Folks' History of Rome Charlotte Mary Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for sextile

sextile

/ˈsɛkstaɪl/
noun
1.
(statistics) one of five actual or notional values of a variable dividing its distribution into six groups with equal frequencies
2.
(astrology, astronomy) an aspect or position of 60° between two planets or other celestial bodies
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sextīlis one sixth (of a circle), from sextus sixth
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Word Origin and History for sextile

1550s (adj.), "at a distance of 60 degrees;" 1590s (n.); from Latin sextilis (adj.) "the sixth," from sextus "sixth" (ordinal number; see Sextus).

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