Sexton

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sexton an officer of the church who is in charge of sacred objects
    • n Sexton United States poet (1928-1974)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sexton An under officer of a church, whose business is to take care of the church building and the vessels, vestments, etc., belonging to the church, to attend on the officiating clergyman, and to perform other duties pertaining to the church, such as to dig graves, ring the bell, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sexton An under-officer of a church, whose duty it is to act as janitor, and who has charge of the edifice, utensils, furniture, etc. In many instances the sexton also prepares graves and attends burials. Usually, in the Church of England, the sexton is a life-officer, but in the United States he is hired in the same manner as the janitor of any public building. See sacristan.
    • n sexton In entomology, a sexton-beetle; a burying-beetle; any member of the genus Necrophorus. See also cut under Necrophorus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sexton seks′tun an officer who has charge of a church, attends the clergyman, digs graves, &c.: a burying-beetle
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sextein, contr. fr. sacristan,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A corr. of sacristan.

Usage

In literature:

Even at the Sexton's!
"Peace on Earth, Good-will to Dogs" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Me and John Sexton did it together, and polished up the plate quite beautiful.
"Stories of Comedy" by Various
The sexton was Simeon Pease, a little red-headed man, a hunchback, abnormally strong.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
It was the sexton with a big bunch of keys.
"Legends of the Rhine" by Wilhelm Ruland
Sometimes there is a mosque servant who also acts as sexton of the local cemetery.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
If there's snow outside, there's coolness: out with you, bide a spell In the drift, and save the sexton the charge of a parish shell!
"In The Yule-Log Glow--Book 3" by Various
Sexton, Vice Adm. Walton R., 114-15.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
He has officiated in almost every capacity but that of a sexton.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
It was an old sexton or verger who approached.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
The sexton, whose name was Peter Ostertag, usually lighted the gymnasium for them, and then went over to his own cottage near by.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
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In poetry:

"Who makes the bridal bed,
Birdie, say truly?"
"The gray-headed sexton
That delves the grave duly.
"Proud Maisie" by Sir Walter Scott
In his brother's church they buried him
That safer he might be,
They lock'd the door and would not trust
The Sexton with the key.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
OH, the shambling sea is a sexton old,
And well his work is done.
With an equal grave for lord and knave,
He buries them every one.
"The Gravedigger" by Bliss William Carman
O sexton of the alcoved tomb,
Where souls in leathern cerements lie,
Tell me each living poet's doom!
How long before his book shall die?
"To My Readers" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Sexton! Martha 's dead and gone;
Toll the bell! toll the bell!
For many a year has Martha said,
"I'm old and poor,— would I were dead!"
Toll the bell!
"Martha" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Earl Harold came to a house of nuns,
And he heard the dead-bell toll;
He saw the sexton stand by a grave;
'Now Christ have mercy, who did us save,
Upon yon fair nun's soul.'
"The Weird Lady" by Charles Kingsley

In news:

Scotty Stevens, Scott Vine and Joe Sexton Bear Early Season Laps.
Superintendent mum on details, but said James Sexton is not being punished.
James Sexton also a JCPS board candidate.
Greater Clark County Schools announced Thursday that James Sexton will hold the same position at Clark County Middle-High School.
On Monday, I was in criminal court watching a multitude of local offenders have their time with Judge Shayne Sexton.
Get the latest news, stats, videos, and more about Kansas State Wildcats wide receiver Curry Sexton on ESPN.com.
2012 Curry Sexton GAME LOG.
In two videos with Spanish subtitles, posted on YouTube in 2008, Sexton .
We popped Joe Sexton 's Guestbook cherry this week and this time around we let our readers do the asking, but we couldn't resist tossing in a few of our own.
Maybe it was just to get the guys going in the studios-- but I've made a big time Sexton Big Reds boys high school basketball bet for this season.
Jack Donald "Action Jack" Sexton , 72, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Oct 1, 2012, at his home in Signal Mountain.
Soul shouter, road poet, folkie, rocker Martin Sexton .
TARBORO — WASHINGTON, DC — Jason Sexton , 32, of Washington, DC, died on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012.
KINGSFORD — Jack Sexton , of Kingsford, died Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012, at his home.
Matt Sexton , a standout attack at Niskayuna High, has given Penn State University his oral commitment to compete in lacrosse for the Nittany Lions beginning in the 2013 season.
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In science:

The evaluation of the full NLO matrix elements was initiated in Ref. and later completed by Ellis and Sexton in 1986. A confirmation of these results using a different approach has come recently from Ref. .
QCD Tests in Proton-Antiproton Collisions
In the case of the molecular dynamics algorithm a better integration scheme as suggested by Sexton and Weingarten gives considerable improvement . matrix inversion At the time of the conference a comparison between an exact version of the multiboson technique in its hermitian and non-hermitian variant is missing.
Recent Developments in Fermion Simulation Algorithms
However, the valence (quenched) approximation of Sexton et al. gives a glueball with a mass of approximately 1710 MeV, suggesting its identification with the fJ (1710), provided its total angular momentum is J = 0.
The 3-flavor A-scaled Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model
As already mentioned, Sexton et al. have also noted a mixing between the glueball and the ¯qq states.
The 3-flavor A-scaled Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model
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