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 for sex
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gender \Gen"der\ (j[e^]n"d[~e]r), n. [OF. genre, gendre (with
     excrescent d.), F.genre, fr. L. genus, generis, birth,
     descent, race, kind, gender, fr. the root of genere, gignere,
     to beget, in pass., to be born, akin to E. kin. See Kin,
     and cf. Generate, Genre, Gentle, Genus.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. Kind; sort. [Obs.] "One gender of herbs." --Shak.
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     2. Sex, male or female.
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     Note: The use of the term gender to refer to the sex of an
           animal, especially a person, was once common, then fell
           into disuse as the term became used primarily for the
           distinction of grammatical declension forms in
           inflected words. In the late 1900's, the term again
           became used to refer to the sex of people, as a
           euphemism for the term sex, especially in discussions
           of laws and policies on equal treatment of sexes.
           Objections by prescriptivists that the term should be
           used only in a grammatical context ignored the earlier
           uses.
           [PJC]
  
     3. (Gram.) A classification of nouns, primarily according to
        sex; and secondarily according to some fancied or imputed
        quality associated with sex.
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              Gender is a grammatical distinction and applies to
              words only. Sex is natural distinction and applies
              to living objects.                    --R. Morris.
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     Note: Adjectives and pronouns are said to vary in gender when
           the form is varied according to the gender of the words
           to which they refer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sex- \Sex-\ [L. sex six. See Six.]
     A combining form meaning six; as, sexdigitism; sexennial.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sex \Sex\, n. [L. sexus: cf. F. sexe.]
     1. 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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     2. One of the two divisions of organic beings formed on the
        distinction of male and female.
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     3. (Bot.)
        (a) The capability in plants of fertilizing or of being
            fertilized; as, staminate and pistillate flowers are
            of opposite sexes.
        (b) One of the groups founded on this distinction.
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     The sex, the female sex; women, in general.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sex
      n 1: activities associated with sexual intercourse; "they had
           sex in the back seat" [syn: sexual activity, sexual
           practice, sex, sex activity]
      2: either of the two categories (male or female) into which most
         organisms are divided; "the war between the sexes"
      3: 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" [syn: sex, sexual urge]
      4: the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of
         their reproductive roles; "she didn't want to know the sex of
         the foetus" [syn: sex, gender, sexuality]
      v 1: stimulate sexually; "This movie usually arouses the male
           audience" [syn: arouse, sex, excite, turn on, wind
           up]
      2: tell the sex (of young chickens)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  120 Moby Thesaurus words for "sex":
     Amor, Christian love, Eros, Platonic love, act of love, admiration,
     adoration, adultery, affection, agape, amorous, aphrodisia,
     ardency, ardor, ass, attachment, balling, bodily love,
     brotherly love, caritas, carnal, carnal knowledge, charity, climax,
     cohabitation, coition, coitus, coitus interruptus, commerce,
     congress, conjugal love, connection, copula, copulation, coupling,
     desire, devotion, diddling, erogenic, erogenous, erotic,
     erotogenic, faithful love, fancy, fervor, flame, fleshly, fondness,
     fornication, free love, free-lovism, gamic, heart, hero worship,
     heterosexual, idolatry, idolism, idolization, intercourse,
     intimacy, lasciviousness, libidinal, libido, like, liking, love,
     lovemaking, making it with, marital relations, marriage act,
     married love, mating, meat, nuptial, onanism, orgasm, oversexed,
     ovum, pareunia, passion, physical love, popular regard, popularity,
     potent, procreation, procreative, regard, relations, screwing,
     sensual, sentiment, sex act, sexed, sexlike, sexual, sexual climax,
     sexual commerce, sexual congress, sexual intercourse, sexual love,
     sexual relations, sexual union, sexualize, sexy, shine,
     sleeping with, sperm, spiritual love, straight, tender feeling,
     tender passion, truelove, undersexed, uxoriousness, venereal,
     venery, voluptuous, weakness, worship, yearning
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  SEX
   /seks/
  
      [Sun Users' Group & elsewhere] n.
  
      1. Software EXchange. A technique invented by the blue-green algae hundreds
      of millions of years ago to speed up their evolution, which had been
      terribly slow up until then. Today, SEX parties are popular among hackers
      and others (of course, these are no longer limited to exchanges of genetic
      software). In general, SEX parties are a Good Thing, but unprotected SEX
      can propagate a virus. See also pubic directory.
  
      2. The rather Freudian mnemonic often used for Sign EXtend, a machine
      instruction found in the PDP-11 and many other architectures. The RCA
      1802 chip used in the early Elf and SuperElf personal computers had a ?SEt
      X register? SEX instruction, but this seems to have had little folkloric
      impact. The Data General instruction set also had SEX.
  
      DEC's engineers nearly got a PDP-11 assembler that used the SEX
      mnemonic out the door at one time, but (for once) marketing wasn't asleep
      and forced a change. That wasn't the last time this happened, either. The
      author of The Intel 8086 Primer, who was one of the original designers of
      the 8086, noted that there was originally a SEX instruction on that
      processor, too. He says that Intel management got cold feet and decreed
      that it be changed, and thus the instruction was renamed CBW and CWD
      (depending on what was being extended). Amusingly, the Intel 8048 (the
      microcontroller used in IBM PC keyboards) is also missing straight SEX but
      has logical-or and logical-and instructions ORL and ANL.
  
      The Motorola 6809, used in the Radio Shack Color Computer and in U.K.'s
      ?Dragon 32? personal computer, actually had an official SEX instruction;
      the 6502 in the Apple II with which it competed did not. British hackers
      thought this made perfect mythic sense; after all, it was commonly
      observed, you could (on some theoretical level) have sex with a dragon, but
      you can't have sex with an apple.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  SEX
  
     /seks/ [Sun Users' Group & elsewhere] 1. Software EXchange.  A
     technique invented by the blue-green algae hundreds of
     millions of years ago to speed up their evolution, which had
     been terribly slow up until then.  Today, SEX parties are
     popular among hackers and others (of course, these are no
     longer limited to exchanges of genetic software).  In general,
     SEX parties are a Good Thing, but unprotected SEX can
     propagate a virus.  See also pubic directory.
  
     2. The mnemonic often used for Sign EXtend, a machine
     instruction found in the PDP-11 and many other
     architectures.  The RCA 1802 chip used in the early Elf
     and SuperElf personal computers had a "SEt X register" SEX
     instruction, but this seems to have had little folkloric
     impact.
  
     DEC's engineers nearly got a PDP-11 assembler that used
     the "SEX" mnemonic out the door at one time, but (for once)
     marketing wasn't asleep and forced a change.  That wasn't the
     last time this happened, either.  The author of "The Intel
     8086 Primer", who was one of the original designers of the
     Intel 8086, noted that there was originally a "SEX"
     instruction on that processor, too.  He says that Intel
     management got cold feet and decreed that it be changed, and
     thus the instruction was renamed "CBW" and "CWD" (depending on
     what was being extended).  The Intel 8048 (the
     microcontroller used in IBM PC keyboards) is also missing
     straight "SEX" but has logical-or and logical-and instructions
     "ORL" and "ANL".
  
     Motorola+6809,+used+in+the+UK's+"{Dragon+32">The Motorola 6809, used in the UK's "{Dragon 32" personal
     computer, actually had an official "SEX" instruction; the
     6502 in the Apple II with which it competed did not.
     British hackers thought this made perfect mythic sense; after
     all, it was commonly observed, you could (on some theoretical
     level) have sex with a dragon, but you can't have sex with an
     apple.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1998-03-03)
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SEX. The physical difference between male and female in animals. 
       2. In the human species the male is called man, (q.v.) and the female, 
  woman. (q.v.) Some human beings whose sexual organs are somewhat imperfect, 
  have acquired the name of hermaphrodite. (q.v.) 
       3. In the civil state the sex creates a difference among individuals. 
  Women cannot generally be elected or appointed to offices or service in 
  public capacities. In this our law agrees with that of other nations. The 
  civil law excluded women from all offices civil or public: Faemintae ab 
  omnibus officiis civilibus vel publicis remotae sunt. Dig. 50, 17, 2. The 
  principal reason of this exclusion is to encourage that modesty which is 
  natural to the female sex, and which renders them unqualified to mix and 
  contend with men; the pretended weakness of the sex is not probably the true 
  reason. Poth. Des Personnes, tit. 5; Wood's Inst. 12; Civ. Code of Louis. 
  art. 24; 1 Beck's Med. Juris. 94. Vide Gender; Male; Man; Women; Worthiest 
  of blood. 
  
  

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