Definition of sextant:
- 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.
- The constellation Sextans.
- The sixth part of a circle.
The captain's cabin, and that of the lieutenant, one on the port, the other on the starboard side, were fitted up with a narrow berth, a cupboard anything but capacious, an arm- chair, a fixed table, a lamp hung from the ceiling, various nautical instruments, a barometer, a thermometer, a chronometer, and a sextant in its oaken box.- "An Antarctic Mystery", Jules Verne.
- "The Marvellous History of the Shadowless Man and The Cold Heart", Adelbert von Chamisso Wilhelm Hauff.
- "Newton Forster", Frederick Marryat.