the extreme 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 extreme need, distress, etc.: to suffer the extremities of being poor.
the utmost or any extreme degree: the extremity of joy.
an extreme or extraordinary measure, act, etc.: to go to any extremity to feed the children.
extreme nature or character: the extremity of his views on foreign trade.
Archaic. a person's last moment before death.
- su·per·ex·trem·i·ty, noun, plural su·per·ex·trem·i·ties.
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How to use extremity in a sentence
One had been shot in the face and extremities, while another was shot in the stomach and a third was being evaluated.
Though when weakness does find its way into the extremities it is usually worse in the legs than the arms.‘Bucket List’ Baby Avery Canahuati: Facts About Spinal Muscular Atrophy | Andrew Carter | May 3, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I don't know how long I was in there: When I got out all my extremities were numb and I couldn't move.
With each swipe of a pen signing my name on a check it felt like someone was whacking my lower extremities with a golf club.
The flowers grow in clusters from the extremities of the stalk; they are yellow externally and of a delicate red within.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
She had peculiarly cold green eyes that were tilted at the outer extremities.
The manioc plant shoots out stalks from four to six feet in height, with a number of large leaves at their upper extremities.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
Her eyes were cool green with an exotic lift at the outer extremities of the lids.
Armed boats floated upon the Seine, at the two extremities of Paris, that every possible passage of escape might be closed.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for extremity
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 plural) archaic a drastic or severe measure
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