[ik-strem-i-tee] /ɪkˈstrɛm ɪ ti/
noun, plural extremities.
the or terminal point, limit, or part of something.
a limb of the body.
Usually, extremities. the end part of a limb, as a hand or foot:
to experience cold in one’s extremities.
Often, extremities. a condition or circumstance of need, distress, etc.:
to suffer the extremities of being poor.
the utmost or any degree:
the extremity of joy.
an or extraordinary measure, act, etc.:
to go to any extremity to feed the children.
nature or character:
the extremity of his views on foreign trade.
Archaic. a person’s last moment before death.
noun (pl) -ties
the farthest or outermost point or section; termination
the greatest or most intense degree
an extreme condition or state, as of adversity or disease
a limb, such as a leg, arm, or wing, or the part of such a limb farthest from the trunk
(usually pl) (archaic) a drastic or severe measure
“hands and feet,” uttermost parts of the body, early 15c., plural of extremity. Meaning “a person’s last moments” is from c.1600.
late 14c., from Old French estremite (13c.), from Latin extremitatem (nominative extremitas) “the end of a thing,” from extremus; see extreme, the etymological sense of which is better preserved in this word.
extremity ex·trem·i·ty (ĭk-strěm’ĭ-tē)
[ik-strem-i-tee] /ɪkˈstrɛm ɪ ti/ noun, plural extremities. 1. the or terminal point, limit, or part of something. 2. a limb of the body. 3. Usually, extremities. the end part of a limb, as a hand or foot: to experience cold in one’s extremities. 4. Often, extremities. a condition or circumstance of need, distress, etc.: to […]
/ɪkˈstrɛməˌfaɪl/ noun 1. a microbe that lives in an environment once thought to be uninhabitable, for example in boiling or frozen water extremophile (ĭk-strēm’ə-fīl’) An organism adapted to living in conditions of extreme temperature, pressure, or chemical concentration, as in highly acidic or salty environments. Many extremophiles are unicellular organisms known as archea.
[ik-stree-muh m] /ɪkˈstri məm/ noun, plural extrema [ik-stree-muh] /ɪkˈstri mə/ (Show IPA). Mathematics. 1. a maximum or minimum value of a function in a specified neighborhood. [ahd ek-strey-moo m; English ad ek-stree-muh m] /ɑd ɛkˈstreɪ mʊm; English æd ɛkˈstri məm/ adverb, Latin. 1. to the extreme; at last; finally.
[ek-stri-kuh-buh l, ik-strik-uh-buh l] /ˈɛk strɪ kə bəl, ɪkˈstrɪk ə bəl/ adjective 1. capable of being . adj. 1620s, from extricate + -able. Related: Extricably.