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threescore adj : being ten more than fifty [syn: sixty, 60, lx] n : a set with 3 times 20 members

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  1. Sixty
    And their brethren, heads of the house of their fathers, a thousand and seven hundred and threescore; very able men for the work of the service of the house of God. - 1 Chronicles 9:13

Extensive Definition

60 (sixty) is the natural number following 59 and preceding 61. Being thrice twenty, 60 is called "three score" in some older literature.

In mathematics

Sixty is a composite number with divisors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, 30, making it also a highly composite number. Because 60 is the sum of its unitary divisors (excluding itself), it is a unitary perfect number. Being ten times a perfect number, 60 is a semiperfect number.
60 is the smallest number divisible by the numbers 1 to 6. (There is no smaller number divisible by the numbers 1 to 5). 60 is the smallest number with exactly 12 divisors.
This number is the sum of a pair of twin primes (29 + 31), as well as the sum of four consecutive primes (11 + 13 + 17 + 19). It is adjacent to two prime numbers (59,61).
The smallest non-abelian simple group has order 60.
In geometry, 60 is the number of seconds in a minute, and the number of minutes in a degree. In normal space, the 3 interior angles of an equilateral triangle each measure 60 degrees, adding up to 180 degrees.
The Babylonian number system had a base of sixty. The number system in the Mali Empire was apparently also based on sixty (this is reflected in the counting system of the Maasina Fulfulde, a variant of the Fula language spoken in contemporary Mali). A number system with base-sixty is called the sexagesimal (original meaning of sexagesimal is sixtieth).
The sexagenary cycle plays a role in Chinese calendar and numerology. (Originally, sexagenary means sixty each, also centenary means one hundred each.)
Because 60 is divisible by the sum of its digits in base 10, it is a Harshad number.
In and in lang-la sexagena equals 60 = 5 dozen = 1/2 small gross. This quantity was used in international medieval treaties e.g. for ransom of captured Teutonic Knights.

In science

  • The atomic number of neodymium, a lanthanide. The neodymium following element with the ordinal number 61 (promethium) has in contrast to the neighbour elements no stable isotopes.


In religion

  • Judaism
    • In the laws of kashrut, the proportion (60:1) of kosher to non-kosher ingredients which can render an admixture kosher post-facto. (Talmud, Tractate Chullin 98b ; Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 98)
    • In the Bedtime Shema, the number of strong men (giborim) said to surround King Solomon's bed.

In other fields

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Historical years

60 A.D., 60 B.C., 1960, 2060, etc.


threescore in Catalan: Seixanta
threescore in Chuvash: 60 (хисеп)
threescore in Corsican: 60 (numeru)
threescore in Danish: 60 (tal)
threescore in German: Sechzig
threescore in Spanish: Sesenta
threescore in Esperanto: Sesdek
threescore in Basque: Hirurogei
threescore in French: 60 (nombre)
threescore in Gan Chinese: 60
threescore in Korean: 60
threescore in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): 60 (numero)
threescore in Italian: 60 (numero)
threescore in Hebrew: 60 (מספר)
threescore in Haitian: 60 (nonm)
threescore in Kurdish: Şêst
threescore in Lithuanian: 60 (skaičius)
threescore in Lombard: Nümar 60
threescore in Hungarian: 60 (szám)
threescore in Malay (macrolanguage): 60 (nombor)
threescore in Dutch: 60 (getal)
threescore in Japanese: 60
threescore in Norwegian: 60 (tall)
threescore in Norwegian Nynorsk: Talet 60
threescore in Polish: 60 (liczba)
threescore in Portuguese: Sessenta
threescore in Russian: 60 (число)
threescore in Simple English: Sixty
threescore in Slovenian: 60 (število)
threescore in Swedish: 60 (tal)
threescore in Thai: 60
threescore in Vietnamese: 60 (số)
threescore in Wu Chinese: 60
threescore in Yiddish: 60 (נומער)
threescore in Contenese: 60
threescore in Chinese: 60
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