sex

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sex tell the sex (of young chickens)
    • v sex stimulate sexually "This movie usually arouses the male audience"
    • n sex activities associated with sexual intercourse "they had sex in the back seat"
    • n sex the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles "she didn't want to know the sex of the foetus"
    • n 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"
    • n sex either of the two categories (male or female) into which most organisms are divided "the war between the sexes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Armadillos have four babies at a time, and they are always the same sex
    • Sex (Bot) One of the groups founded on this distinction.
    • Sex One of the two divisions of organic beings formed on the distinction of male and female.
    • Sex (Bot) The capability in plants of fertilizing or of being fertilized; as, staminate and pistillate flowers are of opposite sexes .
    • Sex 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 500,000 kids in the US live in same sex households
    • n sex The character of being either male or female; the anatomical and physiological distinction between male and female, evidenced by the physical character of their generative organs, and the part taken by each in the function of reproduction; gender, with reference to living organisms. Sex is properly predicable only of male or female, those organisms which are neither male nor female being sexless or neuter. But the two sexes are often combined in the same individual, then said to be hermaphrodite or monœcious. Sex runs nearly throughout the animal kingdom, even down to the protozoans, with, however, many exceptions here and there among hermaphrodites. The distinction of sex is probably the most profound and most nearly universal single attribute of organized beings, and among the higher animals at least it is accompanied or marked by some psychological as well as physical characteristics. The essential attribute of the male sex is the generation of spermatozoa, that, of the female the generation of ova, accomplished in the one case by a testis or a homologous organ, and in the other by an ovary or a homologous organ. The act of procreation or begetting in the male is the uniting of spermatozoa to an ovum; the corresponding function in the female is the fecundation of an ovum by spermatozoa, resulting in conception or impregnation. The organs by which this result is accomplished are extremely varied in physical character; and various organs which characterize either sex, besides those directly concerned in the reproductive act, are known as secondary sexual characters. See gender, generation, reproduction, and quotation from Buck under sexuality, 1.
    • n sex Either one of the two kinds of beings, male and female, which are distinguished by sex; males or females, collectively considered and contrasted.
    • n sex Especially, the female sex; womankind, by way of emphasis: generally with the definite article.
    • n sex In botany, the character or structure of plants which corresponds to sex in animals, there being, except in the lowest orders, a clear differentiation of male and female elements. In flowering plants the male organ is the stamen, the female the pistil; in cryptogams different designations are used according to the class of plants, as antheridium, archegonium, etc. See male, adjective, 2, and n., 2; female, n., 2 , and adjective, 2; and Linnean system, under Linnean.
    • n sex the female sex collectively; womankind.
    • sex To ascertain the sex of (a specimen of natural history); mark or label as male or female.
    • n sex An obsolete or dialectal form of six.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dolplins are the only other mamals besides humans that have sex for fun.
    • n Sex seks the distinction between male and female: the characteristics by which an animal or plant is male or female, gender: the female sex, women generally, usually with the definite article
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Quotations

  • Marilyn Monroe
    Marilyn Monroe
    “A sex symbol becomes a thing. I hate being a thing.”
  • Raquel Welch
    Raquel Welch
    “Being a sex symbol was rather like being a convict.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “In the battle of the sexes, woman gains her greatest victory by surrendering.”
  • Julian Barnes
    Julian Barnes
    “Love is just a system for getting someone to call you darling after sex.”
  • J. E. Spingarn
    J. E. Spingarn
    “The three sexes are men, women, and professors.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
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    “Either sex alone is half itself.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sexus,: cf. F. sexe,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sexe—L. sexussecāre, to cut.

Usage

In literature:

It uses Sex to leave Sex behind.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
The analogous exploits of the fair sex remain comparatively unchronicled.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
But the passion of friendship for one of one's own sex burns with a calm clear flame.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
I will explain to her that I possess her at will without the loathsome absurdities of sex.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
You know, sir, my sex Loves dearly a secret.
"Three Women" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Among higher communities there are diverse conceptions of the sex of the great luminaries.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
If thou canst carry so weighty a matter sub silentio then will I deem thee better than the most of thy sex.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
Her interest in her own sex began early, and continued to the last.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
Rarely had I seen so many pleasant faces of both sexes, especially those of the ladies.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
The physical stimuli may, just as in the case of the other sex, vary in their nature.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
For the Being is not sex, and, therefore, there is nothing connected with sex, that is spiritual and eternal.
"A California Girl" by Edward Eldridge
Elizabeth Cady Stanton spoke upon the aristocracy of sex, and the evils arising from manhood suffrage.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
If there are two sexes created by the Almighty he must have a pure purpose in creating them.
"Almost A Man" by Mary Wood-Allen
The policy of the association had always been and continued to be to ask and work only for the removal of the sex qualification.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
Every form of life has sex, and in some rare instances both sexes are present in one form.
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad
The white flower of chastity, when enforced upon one sex by the other sex, has its roots in the degradation of marriage.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Do you indulge in sex?
"You Don't Make Wine Like the Greeks Did" by David E. Fisher
The educations of the two sexes were so trenchantly separated that neither had access to the knowledge of the other.
"The Intellectual Life" by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
Games of chance were popular among both sexes, and chess was a favorite pastime.
"Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)" by Burleigh James Bartlett
In form, the Greek woman was so perfect as to be still taken as the type of her sex.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
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In poetry:

Crime has no sex and yet to-day
I wear the brand of shame;
Whilst he amid the gay and proud
Still bears an honored name.
"A Double Standard" by Frances Ellen Watkins
A crimson dye my face orespred,
I blusht for shame and hung my head
To find my sex and story knowne,
When as I thought I was alone.
"The Lady Turned Serving-Man" by Anonymous British
You of each sex and age, draw near,
And to my sad Complaint give ear,
Who vice, unto the last obey'd,
But now beneath the pall am laid.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
'For shame, fond youth, thy sorrows hush,
And spurn the sex,' he said:
But, while he spoke, a rising blush
His love-lorn guest betray'd.
"Edwin and Angela, A Ballad" by Oliver Goldsmith
Oh, why say that Woman is faithless and light,
And that wisdom alone to thy sex is confined ;
That her heart is as false as her beauty is bright,
And her loveliness lies in her face—not her mind ?
"On Reading An Assertion" by Mary Anne Browne
If blessed wedlock may not bless
Without some tinge of bitterness
To dash her cup of joy, since Eden lost,
Chaining to earth with strong desire
Hearts that would highest else aspire,
And o'er the tenderer sex usurping ever most;
"Sexegesima Sunday" by John Keble

In news:

Former teen in Roman Polanski sex scandal is writing book , says she's more than 'Sex Victim Girl'.
Former teen in Roman Polanski sex scandal is writing book, says she's more than 'Sex Victim Girl'.
Lizzy Caplan as sex researcher Virginia Johnson with Beau Bridges in Masters of Sex.
Dotinga over at Sex Drive Daily asks the million-dollar question: do astronauts have sex in space.
A convicted sex offender working as a contractor at a Louisville day care has been arrested after failing to comply with the sex offender registry.
He had been convicted of having sex with a minor and filming himself having sex with an adult, apparently without mentioning that the cameras was running.
Maryland Senate passes same-sex marriage bill: Take a look back at the fight in Maryland over same-sex marriage.
It's also important to note that this app won't track the exact location of a sex offender, only where that sex offender resides.
We support state Sen Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, in his effort to pass a bill that would allow parents the option of receiving sex education training in order to teach their children sex education at home.
Let's Talk About Sex During Sex.
When Sex is About More Than Sex.
Doc, 66, brought condoms, wine, sex toys and Viagra to undercover child sex sting, deputies say.
A Florida man has sued the ex-Elmo puppeteer who resigned amid sex allegations, saying the voice actor met him in New York after trolling gay telephone chat lines seeking underage boys for sex.
He's charged with felony rape and misdemeanor counts of a criminal sex act, sex abuse, patronizing a prostitute and official misconduct.
SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that could potentially help some sex offenders get off the state's sex offender registry after five years received a favorable recommendation from the Utah House Judiciary Committee.
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In science:

This link leads from one network responsible for the morphology of one sex to the activation of the opposite sex morphology and function.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
In the network perspective, chromosome placement limits the possible meta-networks to a proper subset of the set of all possible meta-networks between sex based chromosomes.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
The single peaked profiles of the emission lines in the SSS, the SW Sex stars, the AM CVn stars and many NL systems show that in some cases the emission lines are not predominantly formed in the accretion disk, but in optically thin material of large emission measure somewhere else in the system.
Disks surrounding Cataclysmic Binaries
The SSS would, in this interpretation, be the relatives (Greiner et al. 2000) of NL and SW Sex systems, the difference being the presence of a more massive CB disk.
Disks surrounding Cataclysmic Binaries
The single peaked line profiles in SW Sex stars indicate outflow velocities up to 2000 km/s, which is well above the escape speed from the binary.
Disks surrounding Cataclysmic Binaries
SW Sex stars, supersoft sources and the AM CVn stars.
Disks surrounding Cataclysmic Binaries
ISO 521828, which is intended to represent human sex in computer applications.
Stabilizing knowledge through standards - A perspective for the humanities
ISO 5218, Information technology — Codes for the representation of human sexes.
Stabilizing knowledge through standards - A perspective for the humanities
The full data has 14 attributes, but to avoid gridding issues, we projected the data on categorical attributes, i.e, Workclass, Education, MaritalStatus, Occupation, Relationship, Race, Sex.
Differentially Private Publication of Sparse Data
In this summary, the three sentences related to the fact that the sub ject had a sex-change operation are grouped together, while in the one produced by the ma jority ordering algorithm, they are scattered throughout the summary.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
It is unknown whether any of this variation is due to factors such as age, sex or disease duration.
Optimal diagnostic tests for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease based on support vector machine classification of RT-QuIC data
In this section, the possibility of using the additional data (sex, age, date of LP procedure) to strengthen the test is considered.
Optimal diagnostic tests for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease based on support vector machine classification of RT-QuIC data
Firstly, the plots clearly shows that age and sex alone are completely unreliable as predictors of sCJD.
Optimal diagnostic tests for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease based on support vector machine classification of RT-QuIC data
Together with the sex, age and the date of the LP procedure, further data detailing the duration of disease and the time of the LP since first symptoms is available.
Optimal diagnostic tests for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease based on support vector machine classification of RT-QuIC data
Via Section 5.4, derivative information for the curves is obtained for various k and h, and are plotted against sex, age and the date of LP procedure to examine if these predictors do influence the curve profile.
Optimal diagnostic tests for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease based on support vector machine classification of RT-QuIC data
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