from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The property or quality by which organisms are classified as female or male on the basis of their reproductive organs and functions.
- n. Either of the two divisions, designated female and male, of this classification.
- n. Females or males considered as a group.
- n. The condition or character of being female or male; the physiological, functional, and psychological differences that distinguish the female and the male. See Usage Note at gender.
- n. The sexual urge or instinct as it manifests itself in behavior.
- n. Sexual intercourse.
- n. The genitals.
- transitive v. To determine the sex of (an organism).
- transitive v. Slang To arouse sexually. Often used with up.
- transitive v. Slang To increase the appeal or attractiveness of. Often used with up.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Either of two main divisions (either female or male) into which many organisms can be placed, according to reproductive function or organs.
- n. The distinguishing property, quality, or assemblage of properties by which organisms are classified as female or male on the basis of their reproductive organs and functions; the set of properties by which male is distinguished from female.
- n. Sexual intercourse; the act of sexual intercourse.
- n. Genitalia; a penis or vagina.
- n. Women; womankind.
- v. To determine the biological sex of an animal.
- v. To have sex with.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The distinguishing peculiarity of male or female in both animals and plants; the physical difference between male and female; the assemblage of properties or qualities by which male is distinguished from female.
- n. One of the two divisions of organic beings formed on the distinction of male and female.
- n. The capability in plants of fertilizing or of being fertilized.
- n. One of the groups founded on this distinction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being either male or female; the anatomical and physiological distinction between male and female, evidenced by the physical character of their generative organs, and the part taken by each in the function of reproduction; gender, with reference to living organisms.
- n. Either one of the two kinds of beings, male and female, which are distinguished by sex; males or females, collectively considered and contrasted.
- n. Especially, the female sex; womankind, by way of emphasis: generally with the definite article.
- n. In botany, the character or structure of plants which corresponds to sex in animals, there being, except in the lowest orders, a clear differentiation of male and female elements.
- n. the female sex collectively; womankind.
- To ascertain the sex of (a specimen of natural history); mark or label as male or female.
- n. An obsolete or dialectal form of six.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. either of the two categories (male or female) into which most organisms are divided
- n. the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles
- n. activities associated with sexual intercourse
- v. stimulate sexually
- v. tell the sex (of young chickens)
- n. all of the feelings resulting from the urge to gratify sexual impulses
Middle English, from Latin sexus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sexe, from Old French sexe, from Latin sexus ("gender"). Thought to be connected with Latin seco, secare ("divide, cut") by the concept of division, or 'half' of the race. Akin to section. Meaning "sexual intercourse" first attested 1929 (in writings of D.H. Lawrence). (Wiktionary)