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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
1550-1560
1550-60; < Latin sextīlis, equivalent to sext(us) sixth + -īlis -ile
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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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