|n.||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.|
|2.||One of the two divisions of organic beings formed on the distinction of male and female.|
|3.||(Bot.) The capability in plants of fertilizing or of being fertilized; |
|Noun||1.||sex - activities associated with sexual intercourse; "they had sex in the back seat"|
|2.||sex - either of the two categories (male or female) into which most organisms are divided; "the war between the sexes"|
|3.||sex - all of the feelings resulting from the urge to gratify sexual impulses; "he wanted a better sex life"; "the film contained no sex or violence"|
Synonyms: sexual urge
|4.||sex - the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles; "she didn't want to know the sex of the foetus"|
|Verb||1.||sex - stimulate sexually; "This movie usually arouses the male audience"|
|2.||sex - tell the sex (of young chickens)|
SEX. The physical difference between male and female in animals.
2. In the human species the male is called man, (q.v.) and the female, woman. (q.v.) Some human beings whose sexual organs are somewhat imperfect, have acquired the name of hermaphrodite. (q.v.)
3. In the civil state the sex creates a difference among individuals. Women cannot generally be elected or appointed to offices or service in public capacities. In this our law agrees with that of other nations. The civil law excluded women from all offices civil or public: Faemintae ab omnibus officiis civilibus vel publicis remotae sunt. Dig. 50, 17, 2. The principal reason of this exclusion is to encourage that modesty which is natural to the female sex, and which renders them unqualified to mix and contend with men; the pretended weakness of the sex is not probably the true reason. Poth. Des Personnes, tit. 5; Wood's Inst. 12; Civ. Code of Louis. art. 24; 1 Beck's Med. Juris. 94. Vide Gender; Male; Man; Women; Worthiest of blood.
|SEX - /seks/ [Sun Users' Group & elsewhere] 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 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.
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 Intel 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). 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 UK'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.