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Dictionary Definition

sixth adj : coming next after the fifth and just before the seventh in position [syn: 6th]


1 position six in a countable series of things
2 a sixth part [syn: one-sixth]
3 the musical interval between one note and another six notes away from it

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  • /sɪksθ/, /sIksT/


  1. The ordinal form of the number six.


6th, 6th; (in names of monarchs and popes) VI




sixth (plural sixths)
  1. (not used in the plural) The person or thing in the sixth position.
  2. One of six equal parts of a whole.
  3. The interval between a note and another six tones higher.


person or thing in sixth place
one of six equal parts of a whole

Extensive Definition

In music, see the intervals:
The submediant, and the chord built on the submediant, is often simply called the sixth as it is the sixth scale degree.
The note of a chord forming the interval of a sixth with the chord's root, such as in the chords G6 or G6 added 9, is known as the sixth of the chord.
sixth in Hebrew: סקסטה
sixth in Russian: Секста
sixth in Ukrainian: Секста

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

consecutive intervals, decimalization, decimation, degree, diapason, diatessaron, diatonic interval, diatonic semitone, enharmonic diesis, enharmonic interval, fifth, fourth, half step, halftone, hexad, hexadic, hexagonal, hexahedral, hexamerous, hexangular, hexapartite, hexastyle, hexatomic, hexavalent, interval, less semitone, melodic interval, note, octave, parallel octaves, quinquepartition, quinquesection, second, semitone, senary, seventh, sexennial, sextipartite, sextipartition, sextuple, sixfold, step, tenth, third, tithe, tone, unison interval, whole step
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