Definition of extraordinary
extraordinarilyplay \ik-ˌstrȯr-də-ˈner-ə-lē, ˌek-strə-ˌȯr-\ adverb
extraordinarinessplay \ik-ˈstrȯr-də-ˌner-ē-nəs, ˌek-strə-ˈȯr-\ noun
Examples of extraordinary in a Sentence
A polymer based on the elastic protein that enables fleas to perform their extraordinary jumping feats has been synthesized. The material … is, perhaps unsurprisingly, rubbery and highly resilient; indeed, some of its properties exceed those of a material used to make bouncy balls for the playground. —Rosamund Daw, Nature, 13 Oct. 2005
Jimi Hendrix is one of those extraordinary hubs of music where everybody lands at some point. Every musician passes through Hendrix International Airport eventually. … He is the common denominator of every style of contemporary music. —John Mayer, Rolling Stone, 15 Apr. 2004
Like the eighteenth-century Scots, whose similar borderland situation stimulated an extraordinary renaissance in letters, natural science, and social science, the Americans' ambivalent identities led them to the interstices of metropolitan thought where were found new views and new approaches to the old. —Bernard Bailyn, To Begin the World Anew, 2003
Books can even have merits that are owed to their lack of literary quality: Agatha Christie's whodunits display an extraordinary ingenuity in their plotting, but the beauty of the puzzle requires cardboard characters and total implausibility in motives and reasons. —Richard Jenkyns, New Republic, 28 Jan. 2002
The researchers made an extraordinary discovery.
The race is an extraordinary event.
Recent Examples of extraordinary from the Web
The financial press and cable news shows fill the space with extraordinary investor or investment stories, one after another.
The Red Chair Children’s Production Co.’s mission is to inspire, motivate, mentor and share the physical arts with students between the ages of 3 and 20 through extraordinary dance and performing arts experiences.
The government hit that limit in mid-March and has been using extraordinary measures since then to meet its...
Mary Johnson, Director of News Services at the Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA), agrees with the state explanation, but adds that timberland farmers take on extraordinary risk in farming timber that may not be harvested for decades.
This is probably the best time to buy new construction: There is an extraordinary volume of inventory in the condo market from both builders and original purchasers.
Jerry’s singular innovation—the killer app that underpins the extraordinary scientific success of the Keck telescopes—was to make small, thin, lightweight segments and tile them together to make a single large mirror.
Either amount, while not independently verified, would be extraordinary.
Under the current borrowing restrictions, the government has already been taking extraordinary measures and will likely be unable to pay its bills at some point in September.
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What is the Difference Between extraordinary and extra ordinary?
Prefixes can be tricky things, often carrying meanings that differ from what one might expect. Additionally, some prefixes are spelled like independent English words, yet may have meanings that are different from those words. Such is the case with the word extra and the prefix extra-.
The word extra is used as a noun, adjective, and an adverb. When used as a separate word, as in the sentence “It was an extra ordinary day,” “extra” is functioning as an adverb meaning “very.” An “extra ordinary day” is a day that is very ordinary. In contrast, the prefix extra- means “outside or beyond.” Attached to “ordinary,” in “It was an extraordinary day,” the meaning changes markedly, to “It was a day beyond ordinary.”
Origin and Etymology of extraordinary
Middle English extraordinarie, from Latin extraordinarius, from extra ordinem out of course, from extra + ordinem, accusative of ordin-, ordo order
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
EXTRAORDINARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of extraordinary for English Language Learners
: very unusual : very different from what is normal or ordinary
: extremely good or impressive
EXTRAORDINARY Defined for Kids
Definition of extraordinary for Students
: so unusual as to be remarkable She has extraordinary talent.
extraordinarily\ik-ˌstrȯr-də-ˈner-ə-lē, ˌek-strə-ˌȯr-də-ˈner-\ adverb
Legal Definition of extraordinary
1a : going beyond what is usual, regular, or customary; specifically : of, relating to, or having the nature of a proceeding or action not normally required by law or not prescribed for the regular administration of law an extraordinary session of the legislature granted extraordinary relief — compare ordinary b : of or relating to a financial transaction that is not expected to be repeated an extraordinary charge against earnings an extraordinary gain
2 : employed for or sent on a special function or service an ambassador extraordinary
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