Extremities



[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 suffer the extremities of being poor.
5.
the utmost or any degree:
the extremity of joy.
6.
an or extraordinary measure, act, etc.:
to go to any extremity to feed the children.
7.
nature or character:
the extremity of his views on foreign trade.
8.
Archaic. a person’s last moment before death.
/ɪkˈstrɛmɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the farthest or outermost point or section; termination
2.
the greatest or most intense degree
3.
an extreme condition or state, as of adversity or disease
4.
a limb, such as a leg, arm, or wing, or the part of such a limb farthest from the trunk
5.
(usually pl) (archaic) a drastic or severe measure
n.

“hands and feet,” uttermost parts of the body, early 15c., plural of extremity. Meaning “a person’s last moments” is from c.1600.
n.

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)
n.

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