Definition of extremity
1a : the farthest or most remote part, section, or point the island's westernmost extremityb : a limb of the body; especially : a human hand or foot
2a : extreme danger or critical needb : a moment marked by imminent destruction or death
3a : an intense degree the extremity of his participation — Saturday Rev.b : the utmost degree (as of emotion or pain)
4 : a drastic or desperate act or measure driven to extremities
Examples of extremity in a Sentence
The extremity of her grief is impossible to imagine.
made offers of aid to the refugees, and of asylum in extremity
Recent Examples of extremity from the Web
While the politics of climate change in the United States has grown more divided since then, the scientific community has united: Global warming is having an impact, scientists say, with sea levels rising along with the extremity of weather events.
The report said that Bell suffered some burns to his extremities that were non-life threatening and didn't sustain any traumatic injuries.
King’s autopsy report showed the boy had bruises and abrasions on his head, torso and extremities but no significant head trauma.
The easiest way to spot lightning damage is to look for signs on the exterior: burn marks and small holes, and even missing bits at the plane's extremities, like the wing tips, according to Boeing.
Fajt gained marginal benefits from the procedure — some increased sensation in her lower extremities — but to her dismay, progress has been less than miraculous.
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First Known Use of extremity
EXTREMITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of extremity for English Language Learners
: a hand or foot
: the farthest limit, point, or part of something
: a very great or extreme degree or amount of something (such as emotion or pain)
EXTREMITY Defined for Kids
Definition of extremity for Students
1 : the farthest limit, point, or part the extremity of the island
2 : an end part (as a foot) of a limb of the body
3 : an extreme degree (as of emotion)
Medical Definition of extremity
1: the farthest or most remote part, section, or point
2: a limb of the body; especially : a human hand or foot
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