Box sextant
Sextant Sex"tant, n. [L. sextans, -antis, the sixth part of an as, fr. sextus sixth, sex six. See {Six}.] 1. (Math.) The sixth part of a circle. [1913 Webster]

2. An instrument for measuring angular distances between objects, -- used esp. at sea, for ascertaining the latitude and longitude. It is constructed on the same optical principle as Hadley's quadrant, but usually of metal, with a nicer graduation, telescopic sight, and its arc the sixth, and sometimes the third, part of a circle. See {Quadrant}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Astron.) The constellation Sextans. [1913 Webster]

{Box sextant}, a small sextant inclosed in a cylindrical case to make it more portable. [1913 Webster]


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