Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A constellation in the equatorial region of the sky near Leo and Hydra. Also called Sextant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A dim spring constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a sextant. It lies south of the constellation of Leo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Roman coin, the sixth part of an as.
  • n. A constellation on the equator south of Leo; the Sextant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bronze coin of the ancient Roman republic, in value one sixth of the as. (See as.)
  • n. [capitalized] In astronomy, a constellation introduced by Hevelius in 1690.

Etymologies

New Latin sextāns, sextant; see sextant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by the astronomer Johannes Hevelius in 1690. From Latin sextans, a "sextant" (nautical neasuring implement) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The little asterism Sextans, the Sextant, lies in the region between

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  • Stargazers should turn their eyes to the constellations of Leo, Sextans and Hydra to glimpse this rare visitor.

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  • The Dwarf galaxies Abundances and Radial-velocities Team used the FLAMES instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope to measure the spectra of over 2000 individual giant stars in four of our galactic neighbours, the Fornax, Sculptor, Sextans and Carina dwarf galaxies.

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  • The Dwarf galaxies Abundances and Radial-velocities Team used the FLAMES instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope to measure the spectra of over 2000 individual giant stars in four of our galactic neighbors, the Fornax, Sculptor, Sextans and Carina dwarf galaxies.

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  • The outlines of the constellations is the best available including ones like Sextans which rarely look like a sextant.

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  • This pair of galaxies are in close proximity to one another in the constellation of Sextans (the sextant).

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  • The Dwarf galaxies Abundances and Radial-velocities Team used the FLAMES instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope to measure the spectra of over 2000 individual giant stars in four of our galactic neighbors, the Fornax, Sculptor, Sextans and Carina dwarf galaxies.

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