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Meaning of EXTREMITY

Pronunciation:  ik'stremitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an external body part that projects from the body; "it is important to keep the extremities warm"
  2. [n]  that part of a limb that is farthest from the torso
  3. [n]  the outermost or farthest region or point
  4. [n]  the greatest or utmost degree; "the extremity of despair"
  5. [n]  an extreme condition or state (especially of adversity or disease)

EXTREMITY is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: appendage, member
 See Also: adversity, bitter end, bound, boundary, bounds, chela, chelicera, claw, dactyl, digit, end, external body part, extreme, extreme point, extremum, fin, finger, hand, hardship, limb, limit, manus, mitt, mouthpart, nipper, parapodium, part, paw, pedal extremity, pincer, pleopod, region, swimmeret, toe, ultimacy, ultimateness, vertebrate foot



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex*trem"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Extremities}(?). [L.
extremitas: cf. F. extr['e]mit['e].]
1. The extreme part; the utmost limit; the farthest or
   remotest point or part; as, the extremities of a country.

         They sent fleets . . . to the extremities of
         Ethiopia.                             --Arbuthnot.

2. (Zo["o]l.) One of locomotive appendages of an animal; a
   limb; a leg or an arm of man.

3. The utmost point; highest degree; most aggravated or
   intense form. ``The extremity of bodily pain.'' --Ray.

4. The highest degree of inconvenience, pain, or suffering;
   greatest need or peril; extreme need; necessity.

         Divers evils and extremities that follow upon such a
         compulsion shall here be set in view. --Milton.

         Upon mere extremity he summoned this last
         Parliament.                           --Milton.

Syn: Verge; border; extreme; end; termination.

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