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▪ Aware of a hex and sure of its power, the victim falls into learned helplessness and slides into submissive death.
▪ Jaq recoiled, gesturing a hex.
▪ Maybe it was the bye week hex.
▪ My job was to burr hexes.
▪ Now all they have to worry about is hexes, black magic, devil worship, voodoo curses and the occult.
▪ She believed in the infinite, untouchable forces that made up the hidden universe: hexes and curses, destiny and karma.
▪ Walls, ceilings, floors were clad in smooth obsidian and jet carved with runes, sacred hexes and texts.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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).


Etymology 1 n. 1 An evil spell or curse. 2 A witch. 3 (context rare English) A spell (now rare but still found in compounds such as hex sign and hexcraft). vb. To put a hex (a spell, especially an evil spell) on. Etymology 2

n. (context computing informal English) (short for hexadecimal English) Etymology 3

n. 1 A hexagonal space on a game board. 2 (cx climbing English) a hexagon-shaped item of rock climbing equipment intended to be wedged into a crack or other opening in the rock.


adj. of or pertaining to a number system having 16 as its base [syn: hexadecimal]


n. an evil spell; "a witch put a curse on his whole family"; "he put the whammy on me" [syn: jinx, curse, whammy]


v. cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something [syn: bewitch, glamour, witch, enchant, jinx]


Hex or HEX may refer to:

Hex (board game)

Hex is a strategy board game played on a hexagonal grid, theoretically of any size and several possible shapes, but traditionally as an 11×11 rhombus. Other popular dimensions are 13×13 and 19×19 as a result of the game's relationship to the older game of Go. According to the book A Beautiful Mind, John Nash (one of the game's inventors) advocated 14×14 as the optimal size.

Hex (Discworld)

Hex is a fictional computer featuring in the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. First appearing in Soul Music, Hex is an elaborate, magic-powered and self-building computer (not unlike the 'shamble', a kind of magical device used by the Witches of the Discworld) and is housed in the basement of the High Energy Magic Building at the Unseen University (UU) in the twin city of Ankh-Morpork.

Hex is a computer unlike any other the Disc has ever seen, which is not particularly exceptional since previously all other "computers" on the Disc had consisted of druidic stone circles. Programmed via 'Softlore', Hex runs and evolves under the watchful eyes of wizard Ponder Stibbons, who becomes the de facto IT manager at UU because he's the only one who understands what he's talking about.

Hex (TV series)

Hex is a British television programme developed by Shine Limited and aired on the Sky One satellite channel. The story is set in a remote English boarding school with a mysterious past. Series one explores the supernatural relationship between a Fallen Angel named Azazeal and a student called Cassie who is also a witch. In the second series the story centres on 500-year-old anointed one Ella Dee, and Azazeal's son Malachi. Both series of the show are currently available on Region 2 DVD, with the first series released on Region 1 DVD in June 2007.

The show was cancelled in April 2006 after the end of the second series.

Hex (Doctor Who)

Thomas Hector Schofield, nicknamed Hex, is a fictional character played by Philip Olivier in a series of audio plays produced by Big Finish Productions based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. A staff nurse working for St. Gart's Hospital in London in the year 2021, he is a companion of the Seventh Doctor.

Hex (album)

Hex is the debut album by British post-rock band Bark Psychosis. The term "post-rock" was coined by music journalist Simon Reynolds in his review of this album for Mojo magazine.

Hex (novel)
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Hex (video game)

Hex is a turn-based strategy game developed by Mark of the Unicorn and published in 1985 for the then-new Atari ST, and later for the Amiga. The player controls a unicorn that is trying to turn all the hexes on the game board to the same colour. Opponents attempt to turn them to a different colour and thus defeat the unicorn. As the unicorn levels up, new spells are added to its repertoire, but only 5 can be used at any given time.

Hex (2015 film)

Hex is a 2015 Nigerian horror short film directed by Clarence Peters. Screened and premiered on 12 November 2015 at the 5th Africa International Film Festival, Hex went on to win the award for "Best Short Film" at the same event.

Hex (Poison Girls album)

Hex is the debut studio album by English anarcho-punk band Poison Girls, released in 1979 by record label Small Wonder.

Hex (VJ group)

Hex, or Hex Media, were a London-based multimedia group founded in the early 1990s by artist Robert Pepperell, coder Miles Visman and the DJ duo Coldcut. The group set out to exploit the creative potential of, what was then, the new media technologies of CD-ROM, multimedia, interactive computing, video sampling and portable video projection.

Working across a wide range of media - from computer games to art exhibitions - the group pioneered many new media hybrids, including live audiovisual jamming, computer-generated audio performances, and interactive collaborative instruments.

Their work was published on a series of interactive CD-ROMs, and exhibited widely - including at the JAM exhibition in London's Barbican Gallery in 1996 – and through the 'in-house' music label, Ninja Tune.

The group dispersed in the late 1990s, with later members Stuart Warren Hill and Robin Brunson going on to form the VJ outfit Hexstatic.

Hex (climbing)

A hex is an item of rock climbing equipment used to protect climbers from injury during a fall. They are intended to be wedged into a crack or other opening in the rock, and do not require a hammer to place. They were developed as an alternative to pitons, which are hammered into cracks and are more prone to damage the rock. Most commonly, a carabiner will be used to join the hex to the climbing rope by means of a loop of webbing, cord or a cable which is part of the hex.

Hexes are a type of nut, a hollow eccentric hexagonal prism with tapered ends, usually threaded with webbing, a swaged cable, or a cord. They are manufactured by several firms, with a range of sizes varying from about wide. Climbers select a range of sizes to use on a specific climb based on the characteristics of the cracks in the rock encountered on that particular climb. Sides may be straight or curved although the functioning principles remain the same no matter which shape is selected; the lack of sharp corners on curved models may make them easier to remove from the rock.

Hexes may be placed either as passive or active protection. When placed passively they work like chock stones in flared cracks, like other climbing nuts, just larger and with a different shape. Active protection is achieved by orienting the webbing so that a pull causes a camming action against the rock similar to Tricams, allowing for placement in parallel cracks. They are often preferred by alpine mountaineers over spring-loaded camming devices because of their lack of moving parts and overall lower weight for the same size crack.

The original Hexes were invented by Yvon Chouinard and Tom Frost, and called Hexentrics. The "polycentric" hexenteric was designed by Swedish/Norwegian climber Tomas Carlstrom an given to Chouinard Equipment in 1973. They applied for a U. S. patent in 1974 and it was granted on April 6, 1976, and they were produced by Chouinard Equipment, Ltd until 1989, then sold as a design to Black Diamond Equipment. Hexentrics are produced and sold in much the same design today.

Hex (1973 film)

Hex is a 1973 American horror film filmed on Cheyenne River Indian Reservation starring Keith Carradine, Dan Haggerty, Gary Busey, Hillarie Thompson and Christina Raines (billed as Tina Herazo). The film was initially publicized under the title Grass Land. According to Phil Hardy's The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies, Hex "crosses elements of the bike film with those of the post-western and the supernatural tale... The film scarcely succeeds in welding its disparate elements together, but still makes a distinctive, atmospheric impression."

Hex (comics)

Hex, in comics, may refer to:

  • Hex, a Marvel Comics character by the name of Dominic Destine, who is one of the ClanDestine
  • Jonah Hex, who is also known as Hex in an alternate future

It may also refer to:

  • Hexon, a Wildstorm character and member of the Warguard, who appeared in Stormwatch
  • Hokum & Hex, a series from Marvel Comics' Razorline imprint created by Clive Barker
  • Generation Hex, an Amalgam's comic book which also include the character Jono Hex
  • Generation Hex, a team of mutants which appears in the comic book of the same name

Usage examples of "hex".

The climber was methodical, working multi-pitch, shooting out spindles of wire ahead that buried and fused into the rock, testing the weight of the anchors, squatting to plant rivets beneath us, roping hexes into the cracks, taking the slack, testing, belaying, moving on.

In order to do this I had to analyze the Awbrian biochemistry and the biome of the hex and see if what I wanted was possible.

Psi is easier, and the cops will be welcome to use all the psi technique they can dig up: telepathy, clairvoyance, hexing, prekenners.

Those prisoners with boilers hexed to them are issued enough culm and low-grade coke to work.

High in the folds of the billowing crimson sails, Jota the Hexen looked down.

With human technology, the only way Hex could have positioned the Rover with that accuracy was via a transmission from the mother ship itselfsometime before the shields went upgiving its location.

With a roar of rage, Morfin leapt out of his chair and ran at Ogden, brandishing his bloody knife and firing hexes indiscriminately from his wand.

She saw them, two figures walking briskly up the path from Playa del Mar and, worse, two figures on the other hex walking from the north, from the direction of Matagorda and Puesta del Sol.

Our passage had, after all, been prepaid, and we verified that every hex had a Zone Gate and from Zone we could be instantly back in Dillia no matter how far in the world we roamed, so return tickets were not a worry, either.

The more Harry pored over the book, the more he realized how much was in there, not only the handy hints and shortcuts on potions that was earning him such a glowing reputation with Slughorn, but also the imaginative little jinxes and hexes scribbled in the margins, which Harry was sure, judging by the crossings-out and revisions, that the Prince had invented himself.

The man had been attempting some hex, and little arcs of energy spat and dissipated like static from his fingers, which spasmed as his nerves died.

George Riot slipped into town and on the telephone muttered that she must meet him again at the dreary Hex Hotel, she refused, because she was going to a party to be given by the clever Miss Teddy Klutz, aetat 24, the youngest and liveliest teacher at their Qwick-Shure Secretarial and Executive Commercial College, Positions Guaranteed.

Brewer, through a big cloverleaf, past the brick hulks of two old hosiery mills, along a three-lane highway where in these last years several roadside restaurants have begun proclaiming themselves as Pennsylvania Dutch, with giant plaster Amishmen and neon hex signs.

It takes a sharp eye to notice that the flowers are arranged in antiblack magic hexes and the basement windows are often cemented over.

For one thing, he found out that Agitar was allied with Makiem, a hex whose dominant race were giant frogs, and Cebu, a race of flying reptiles of some sort.