Definition of sixth in English:

sixth

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Pronunciation: /sɪksθ
 
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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.
  • 1.1The sixth finisher or position in a race or 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.
  • 1.2chiefly British The sixth form of a school or college: the naughtiest girl in the sixth
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    • As he spoke, they cackled and jeered, like the lower sixth at some public school debate.
    • The school allows pupils in the upper sixth to have one or two glasses of wine with a meal on a Saturday or Sunday.
    • I was in the lower sixth at the time and, as a girl in a northern comprehensive, I was actively discouraged by my teachers from making an Oxford application.
  • 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.
  • 2Each 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.

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sixthly

adverb

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