- 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.
Origin of extremity
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Examples from the Web for extremities
One had been shot in the face and extremities, while another was shot in the stomach and a third was being evaluated.Wisconsin Shooting: 7 Dead at Sikh Temple
The Daily Beast
August 5, 2012
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
May 3, 2012
I don't know how long I was in there: When I got out all my extremities were numb and I couldn't move.Jesse the Body vs. Torture
May 22, 2009
At the two extremities of European thought the lyre has raised two vast cities.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
Then she burst forth, with the growl of a slave driven to extremities.His Masterpiece
If the head and neck are enlarged, the trunk and extremities are cut short.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
They may be very serious if they push the city to extremities.
Yet here, too, there was an evident shrinking from extremities.History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth. Vol. II.
James Anthony Froude
- 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
Word Origin and History for extremities
"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.
- An end of an elongated or pointed structure.
- A bodily limb or appendage.