verb (used with object)
to bewitch; practice witchcraft on:
He was accused of hexing his neighbors’ cows because they suddenly stopped giving milk.
With all this rain, somebody must have put a hex on our picnic.
a bolt with a matching washer and hex nut.
a combining form meaning “six,” used in the formation of compound words:
(transitive) to bewitch
an evil spell or symbol of bad luck
six: hexachord, hexameter
1830, American English, from Pennsylvania German hexe “to practice witchcraft,” from German hexen “to hex,” related to Hexe “witch,” from Middle High German hecse, hexse, from Old High German hagazussa (see hag). Noun meaning “magic spell” is first recorded 1909; earlier it meant “a witch” (1856).
before vowels, hex-, word-forming element meaning “six,” from Greek hexa-, comb. form of hex “six” (see six).
hexa- or hex-
A jinx or curse; the Indian Sign, Whammy: I lose every time, must be a hex on me
[1909+; ultimately fr German Hexe, ”witch”]
2. A 6-pack of anything (compare quad). Neither usage has anything to do with magic or black art, though the pun is appreciated and occasionally used by hackers. True story: As a joke, some hackers once offered some surplus ICs for sale to be worn as protective amulets against hostile magic. The chips were, of course, hex inverters.
3. The hash character, used to introduce hexadecimal constants in some assembly languages.
1. a combining form meaning “six,” used in the formation of compound words: hexapartite. combining form 1. six: hexachord, hexameter before vowels, hex-, word-forming element meaning “six,” from Greek hexa-, comb. form of hex “six” (see six). hexa- or hex- pref.
[hek-suh-bey-sik] /ˌhɛk səˈbeɪ sɪk/ adjective 1. containing six hydrogen atoms capable of being replaced or ionized: a hexabasic acid.
[hek-suh-klawr-ahyd, -klohr-] /ˌhɛk səˈklɔr aɪd, -ˈkloʊr-/ noun 1. a containing six atoms of chlorine.
hexachlorobenzene (hěk’sə-klôr’ō-běn’zēn’) See benzene hexachloride.