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Definition of SEX

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Gender \Gen"der\ (j[e^]n"d[~e]r), n. [OF. genre, gendre (with excrescent d.), F.genre, fr. L. genus, generis, birth, descent, race, kind, gender, fr. the root of genere, gignere, to beget, in pass., to be born, akin to E. kin. See {Kin}, and cf. {Generate}, {Genre}, {Gentle}, {Genus}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. Kind; sort. [Obs.] "One gender of herbs." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. Sex, male or female.
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     Note: The use of the term gender to refer to the sex of an animal, especially a person, was once common, then fell into disuse as the term became used primarily for the distinction of grammatical declension forms in inflected words. In the late 1900's, the term again became used to refer to the sex of people, as a euphemism for the term {sex}, especially in discussions of laws and policies on equal treatment of sexes. Objections by prescriptivists that the term should be used only in a grammatical context ignored the earlier uses. [PJC]

     3. (Gram.) A classification of nouns, primarily according to sex; and secondarily according to some fancied or imputed quality associated with sex. [1913 Webster]

              Gender is a grammatical distinction and applies to words only. Sex is natural distinction and applies to living objects.                    --R. Morris. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Adjectives and pronouns are said to vary in gender when the form is varied according to the gender of the words to which they refer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Sex- \Sex-\ [L. sex six. See {Six}.]
     A combining form meaning six; as, sexdigitism; sexennial. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Sex \Sex\, n. [L. sexus: cf. F. sexe.]
     1. The distinguishing peculiarity of male or female in both animals and plants; the physical difference between male and female; the assemblage of properties or qualities by which male is distinguished from female. [1913 Webster]

     2. One of the two divisions of organic beings formed on the distinction of male and female. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Bot.)
        (a) The capability in plants of fertilizing or of being fertilized; as, staminate and pistillate flowers are of opposite sexes. (b) One of the groups founded on this distinction. [1913 Webster]

     {The sex}, the female sex; women, in general.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


      [Sun Users' Group & elsewhere] n.

      1. Software EXchange. A technique invented by the blue-green algae hundreds of millions of years ago to speed up their evolution, which had been terribly slow up until then. Today, SEX parties are popular among hackers and others (of course, these are no longer limited to exchanges of genetic software). In general, SEX parties are a {Good Thing}, but unprotected SEX can propagate a {virus}. See also {pubic directory}.

      2. The rather Freudian mnemonic often used for Sign EXtend, a machine instruction found in the {PDP-11} and many other architectures. The RCA
      1802 chip used in the early Elf and SuperElf personal computers had a ?SEt X register? SEX instruction, but this seems to have had little folkloric impact. The Data General instruction set also had SEX.

      {DEC}'s engineers nearly got a {PDP-11} assembler that used the SEX mnemonic out the door at one time, but (for once) marketing wasn't asleep and forced a change. That wasn't the last time this happened, either. The author of The Intel 8086 Primer, who was one of the original designers of the 8086, noted that there was originally a SEX instruction on that processor, too. He says that Intel management got cold feet and decreed that it be changed, and thus the instruction was renamed CBW and CWD (depending on what was being extended). Amusingly, the Intel 8048 (the microcontroller used in IBM PC keyboards) is also missing straight SEX but has logical-or and logical-and instructions ORL and ANL.

      The Motorola 6809, used in the Radio Shack Color Computer and in U.K.'s
      ?Dragon 32? personal computer, actually had an official SEX instruction; the 6502 in the Apple II with which it competed did not. British hackers thought this made perfect mythic sense; after all, it was commonly observed, you could (on some theoretical level) have sex with a dragon, but you can't have sex with an apple.

The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

120 Moby Thesaurus words for "sex":
     Amor, Christian love, Eros, Platonic love, act of love, admiration, adoration, adultery, affection, agape, amorous, aphrodisia, ardency, ardor, ass, attachment, balling, bodily love, brotherly love, caritas, carnal, carnal knowledge, charity, climax, cohabitation, coition, coitus, coitus interruptus, commerce, congress, conjugal love, connection, copula, copulation, coupling, desire, devotion, diddling, erogenic, erogenous, erotic, erotogenic, faithful love, fancy, fervor, flame, fleshly, fondness, fornication, free love, free-lovism, gamic, heart, hero worship, heterosexual, idolatry, idolism, idolization, intercourse, intimacy, lasciviousness, libidinal, libido, like, liking, love, lovemaking, making it with, marital relations, marriage act, married love, mating, meat, nuptial, onanism, orgasm, oversexed, ovum, pareunia, passion, physical love, popular regard, popularity, potent, procreation, procreative, regard, relations, screwing, sensual, sentiment, sex act, sexed, sexlike, sexual, sexual climax, sexual commerce, sexual congress, sexual intercourse, sexual love, sexual relations, sexual union, sexualize, sexy, shine, sleeping with, sperm, spiritual love, straight, tender feeling, tender passion, truelove, undersexed, uxoriousness, venereal, venery, voluptuous, weakness, worship, yearning

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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