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Meaning of EXTREME

Pronunciation:  ik'streem

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the furthest or highest degree of something; "he carried it to extremes"
  2. [n]  the point located farthest from the middle of something
  3. [adj]  most distant in any direction; "the extreme edge of town"
  4. [adj]  of the greatest possible degree or extent or intensity; "extreme cold"; "extreme caution"; "extreme pleasure"; "utmost contempt"; "to the utmost degree"; "in the uttermost distress"
  5. [adj]  far beyond a norm in quantity or amount or degree; to an utmost degree; "an extreme example"; "extreme temperatures"; "extreme danger"
  6. [adj]  beyond a norm in views or actions; "an extreme conservative"; "an extreme liberal"; "extreme views on integration"; "extreme opinions"

EXTREME is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: distant, extreme point, extremum, immoderate, intense, utmost(a), uttermost(a)
 See Also: acme, apex, degree, extremity, grade, level, peak, vertex



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ex*treme"\, a. [L. extremus, superl. of exter, extrus,
    on the outside, outward: cf. F. extr[^e]me. See {Exterior}.]
    1. At the utmost point, edge, or border; outermost; utmost;
       farthest; most remote; at the widest limit.
    2. Last; final; conclusive; -- said of time; as, the extreme
       hour of life.
    3. The best of worst; most urgent; greatest; highest;
       immoderate; excessive; most violent; as, an extreme case;
       extreme folly. ``The extremest remedy.'' --Dryden.
       ``Extreme rapidity.'' --Sir W. Scott.
             Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire. --Shak.
    4. Radical; ultra; as, extreme opinions.
             The Puritans or extreme Protestants.  --Gladstone.
    5. (Mus.) Extended or contracted as much as possible; -- said
       of intervals; as, an extreme sharp second; an extreme flat
    {Extreme and mean ratio} (Geom.), the relation of a line and
       its segments when the line is so divided that the whole is
       to the greater segment is to the less.
    {Extreme distance}. (Paint.) See {Distance}., n., 6.
    {Extreme unction}. See under {Unction}.
    Note: Although this adjective, being superlative in
          signification, is not properly subject to comparison,
          the superlative form not unfrequently occurs,
          especially in the older writers. ``Tried in his
          extremest state.'' --Spenser. ``Extremest hardships.''
          --Sharp. ``Extremest of evils.'' --Bacon. ``Extremest
          verge of the swift brook.'' --Shak. ``The sea's
          extremest borders.'' --Addison.
  2. \Ex*treme"\, n.
    1. The utmost point or verge; that part which terminates a
       body; extremity.
    2. Utmost limit or degree that is supposable or tolerable;
       hence, furthest degree; any undue departure from the mean;
       -- often in the plural: things at an extreme distance from
       each other, the most widely different states, etc.; as,
       extremes of heat and cold, of virtue and vice; extremes
             His parsimony went to the extreme of meanness.
    3. An extreme state or condition; hence, calamity, danger,
       distress, etc. ``Resolute in most extremes.'' --Shak.
    4. (Logic) Either of the extreme terms of a syllogism, the
       middle term being interposed between them.
    5. (Math.) The first or the last term of a proportion or
    {In the extreme} as much as possible. ``The position of the
       Port was difficult in the extreme.'' --J. P. Peters.
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