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.
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)