Definition of extremity in English:


Line breaks: ex¦trem|ity
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstrɛmɪti
, ɛk-/

noun (plural extremities)

  • 1The furthest point or limit of something: the peninsula’s western extremity
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    • At the western extremity of Florentine territory (in the outskirts of Pisa) was a historic Petrine site, the Romanesque church of San Piero a Grado.
    • The town stands on a hill, and I was taken into the public garden at the extremity of the town.
    • The North-East should be seen as a bridge to lands and opportunities beyond rather than as a cul-de-sac in a troublesome extremity of the country.
    limit, end, edge, side, farthest point, boundary, border, frontier, boundary line, bound, bounding line, partition line, demarcation line, end point, cut-off point, termination; perimeter, circumference, outside, outline, confine, periphery, outskirts, margin, brink, rim, lip, fringe, verge, threshold, compass
    literary bourn, marge, skirt
    rare ambit
  • 1.1 (extremities) The hands and feet: tingling and numbness in the extremities
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    • When prey arrives they quickly seize its extremities, pulling on legs, arms and antennae until the hostage is rendered immobile.
    • It affects blood vessels in the extremities such as fingers and toes.
    • The circulating nurse placed a sequential compression device on Mr V's left arm and lower extremities.
    hands and feet, fingers and toes, limbs


late Middle English: from Old French extremite or Latin extremitas, from extremus 'utmost' (see extreme).

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