Definition of sixth in English:

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Pronunciation: /siksTH/

ordinal number

1Constituting number six in a sequence; 6th: her sixth novel the sixth of the month to the original five categories we add a sixth
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  • I had realised some time ago, after completing my sixth novel, The Juicy Beaks, that I wasn't much of a writer.
  • In his sixth novel, Harvey layers narratives and characters on top of one another.
  • In 1997, pneumonia and influenza constituted the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
1.1 (a sixth/one sixth) Each of six equal parts into which something is or may be divided: a sixth of the total population
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  • Trim off the tough outer stems and stalk of the fennel, then cut each bulb in half and each half into sixths.
  • Electronics giant Siemens, for example, employs 70,000 people in the U.S., nearly a sixth of total staff.
  • Cut the tomatoes into quarters or sixths depending on size.
1.2The sixth finisher or position in a race or other competition: he could only finish sixth
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  • He is in good position with a sixth overall and nine races to go.
  • He is the only Cup driver who has finished every race and is in sixth place after finishing 20th Sunday at Dover.
  • He said the players who went for last year's championship in Namibia complained that they could have finished better than sixth position had they been dressed properly.
1.3Sixthly (used to introduce a sixth point or reason): sixth, given all the facts there is no logical reason why we can’t make a decision
1.4 Music An interval spanning six consecutive notes in a diatonic major or minor scale, e.g., C to A ( major sixth) or A to F ( minor sixth).
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  • I only played three carefully considered notes with intuitive regard to choice of rhythm, tempo, dynamics - using a poignant interval, the minor sixth resolving to the perfect fifth.
  • Practicing fourths and consecutive sevenths challenges the ear in ways that sixths and thirds don't, in addition to enhancing hand stability.
  • After 2 bars piano chords come in, which will form the basis of the verse and chorus melody; these sound like minor sixths a step or so apart.
1.5 Music The note which is higher by a sixth than the tonic of a scale or root of a chord.



Pronunciation: /ˈsiksTHlē/

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Syllabification: sixth

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