Sexagesimal numbers
Sexagesimal Sex`a*ges"i*mal, a. [Cf. F. sexag['e]simal.] Pertaining to, or founded on, the number sixty. [1913 Webster]

{Sexagesimal fractions} or {Sexagesimal numbers} (Arith. & Alg.), those fractions whose denominators are some power of sixty; as, 1/60, 1/3600, 1/216000; -- called also {astronomical fractions}, because formerly there were no others used in astronomical calculations.

{Sexagesimal arithmetic}, or {Sexagenary arithmetic}, the method of computing by the sexagenary scale, or by sixties.

{Sexagesimal scale} (Math.), the sexagenary scale. [1913 Webster]


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  • Sexagesimal — (base sixty) is a numeral system with sixty as the base. It originated with the ancient Sumerians in the 2000s BC, was transmitted to the Babylonians, and is still used in modified form for measuring time, angles, and geographic coordinates.The… …   Wikipedia

  • Sexagesimal — Sex a*ges i*mal, a. [Cf. F. sexag[ e]simal.] Pertaining to, or founded on, the number sixty. [1913 Webster] {Sexagesimal fractions} or {Sexagesimal numbers} (Arith. & Alg.), those fractions whose denominators are some power of sixty; as, 1/60,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sexagesimal arithmetic — Sexagesimal Sex a*ges i*mal, a. [Cf. F. sexag[ e]simal.] Pertaining to, or founded on, the number sixty. [1913 Webster] {Sexagesimal fractions} or {Sexagesimal numbers} (Arith. & Alg.), those fractions whose denominators are some power of sixty;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sexagesimal fractions — Sexagesimal Sex a*ges i*mal, a. [Cf. F. sexag[ e]simal.] Pertaining to, or founded on, the number sixty. [1913 Webster] {Sexagesimal fractions} or {Sexagesimal numbers} (Arith. & Alg.), those fractions whose denominators are some power of sixty;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sexagesimal scale — Sexagesimal Sex a*ges i*mal, a. [Cf. F. sexag[ e]simal.] Pertaining to, or founded on, the number sixty. [1913 Webster] {Sexagesimal fractions} or {Sexagesimal numbers} (Arith. & Alg.), those fractions whose denominators are some power of sixty;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • NUMBERS, TYPICAL AND IMPORTANT — Biblical numbers are primarily based on the decimal system, which is of Hamito Egyptian origin. The sexagesimal system, however, which ultimately derives from Sumerian usage, also plays an important role in Scripture, and since 60 is divisible by …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Sexagesimal scale — Sexagenary Sex*ag e*na*ry, a. [L. sexagenarius, fr. sexageni sixty each, akin to sexaginta sixty, sex six: cf. sexag[ e]naire. See {Six}.] Pertaining to, or designating, the number sixty; poceeding by sixties; sixty years old. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sexagesimal scale — noun : a scale of numbers that proceeds by sixties (as in degrees or hours, minutes, and seconds) …   Useful english dictionary

  • History of writing ancient numbers — Pre history= The first method of counting was counting on fingers. By placing the thumb on various finger joints a person can count up to 90,000. [ The Earliest Calculating The Hand, Ifrah (2000), pages 47 61. ] This evolved into sign language… …   Wikipedia

  • List of numbers — This is a list of articles about numbers ( not about numerals). Rational numbers Notable rational numbers Natural numbers * There is no consistent and widely accepted way to extend cardinals beyond centillion (centilliard). Proposed systematic… …   Wikipedia

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