# sexagesimal

Syllabification: sex·a·ges·i·mal
Pronunciation: /ˌseksəˈjesəməl /

## Definition of sexagesimal in English:

1Of, relating to, or reckoning by sixtieths.
2Of or relating to the number sixty.
Example sentences
• In ancient Babylon a sexagesimal system, that is a base of 60, was in use.
• The Babylonian scale of enumeration is known as the sexagesimal system.
• Writing developed and counting was based on a sexagesimal system, that is to say base 60.

### noun

A fraction based on sixtieths (i.e., with a denominator equal to a power of sixty), as in the divisions of the degree and hour.
Example sentences
• The first deals with integers, the second with proper common fractions, the third with improper fractions, and finally the fourth with sexagesimals.
• More fractions can therefore be represented as finite sexagesimal fractions than can as finite decimal fractions.
• In fact there are fascinating glimpses of the Babylonians coming to terms with the fact that division by 7 would lead to an infinite sexagesimal fraction.

### Origin

late 17th century: from Latin sexagesimus 'sixtieth' + -al.

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