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[siks-teenth] /ˈsɪksˈtinθ/
next after the fifteenth; being the ordinal number for 16.
being one of 16 equal parts.
a sixteenth part, especially of one (1/16).
the sixteenth member of a series.
Music. sixteenth note.
Origin of sixteenth
before 900; Middle English sixtenthe (see sixteen, -th2); replacing Middle English sixtenthe, sixtethe, Old English sixtēotha (see tithe) Unabridged
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  • Ethanol production uses about one sixteenth as much fossil fuel to make as it replaces.
  • Though only about one-sixteenth-inch in size, they can destroy a hive of tens of thousands of bees in as little as six months.
  • But try to move one sixteenth of an inch, and you'd have to spend time moving carefully to get it right.
  • On average, for his career, he has ranked a hundred and sixteenth.
  • Built during the sixteenth century, the buildings now stand as a testament to colonial architecture.
  • sixteenth century medieval wall of the pre-enclosure period.
  • Nevertheless, a change in the temper of the people begins to be noticeable during the last twenty years of the sixteenth century.
  • But the shrewd, ironical spirit of the sixteenth century required something more than unchivalrous satire.
  • Few sermons of the sixteenth century are more famous or have had a more interesting history.
  • Even if the underlying musculature is well developed, all it takes to obscure it is a layer of fat one-sixteenth of an inch thick.
British Dictionary definitions for sixteenth


(usually prenominal)
  1. coming after the fifteenth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of sixteen: often written 16th
  2. (as noun): the sixteenth of the month
  1. one of 16 equal or nearly equal parts of something
  2. (as modifier): a sixteenth part
the fraction that is equal to one divided by 16 (1/16)
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Word Origin and History for sixteenth

early 13c., from sixteen + -th (1); replacing sixtethe, sixteothe, forms based on Old English syxteoða. Cf Old Frisian sextinda, Middle Dutch sestiende, German sechzehnte, Old Norse sextandi. Musical sixteenth note is from 1861.

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