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- having an extra day, literally having two sixths.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Bis*sex"tile (&?;), n. [L. bissextilis
annus, fr. bissextus (bis + sextus sixth, fr.
sex six) the sixth of the calends of March, or twenty-fourth day of
February, which was reckoned twice every fourth year, by the intercalation
of a day.] Leap year; every fourth year, in which a day is added to
the month of February on account of the excess of the tropical year (365 d.
5 h. 48 m. 46 s.) above 365 days. But one day added every four years is
equivalent to six hours each year, which is 11 m. 14 s. more than the
excess of the real year. Hence, it is necessary to suppress the bissextile
day at the end of every century which is not divisible by 400, while it is
retained at the end of those which are divisible by 400.
Bis*sex"tile, a. Pertaining to leap
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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