As nouns the difference between sextan and sextant
is that sextan
is such a fever while sextant
is a navigational device for deriving angular distances between objects so as to determine latitude and longitude.
As an adjective sextan
is that recurs on the sixth day.
As a proper noun Sextant is
the constellation Sextans.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(obsolete, medicine) That recurs on the sixth day
(obsolete, medicine) Such a fever
(nautical) A navigational device for deriving angular distances between objects so as to determine latitude and longitude.
* 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter IV
(geometry) One sixth of a circle or disc; a sector with an angle of 60°.
- For several days things went along in about the same course. I took our position every morning with my crude sextant ; but the results were always most unsatisfactory. They always showed a considerable westing when I knew that we had been sailing due north. I blamed my crude instrument, and kept on.