WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ex•trem•i•ty /ɪkˈstrɛmɪti/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -ties. 
  1. [countable] the terminal point, limit, or part of something.
  2. AnatomyUsually, extremities. [plural] the end part of a limb, as a hand or foot.
  3. [uncountable] an utmost degree: the extremity of joy.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ex•trem•i•ty  (ik stremi tē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ties. 
  1. the extreme or terminal point, limit, or part of something.
  2. Anatomya limb of the body.
  3. AnatomyUsually,  extremities. the end part of a limb, as a hand or foot:to experience cold in one's extremities.
  4. Often,  extremities. a condition or circumstance of extreme need, distress, etc.:to suffer the extremities of being poor.
  5. the utmost or any extreme degree:the extremity of joy.
  6. an extreme or extraordinary measure, act, etc.:to go to any extremity to feed the children.
  7. extreme nature or character:the extremity of his views on foreign trade.
  8. [Archaic.]a person's last moment before death.
  • Latin extrēmitās. See extreme, -ity
  • Middle English 1325–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged end, termination;
      border, boundary.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

extremity /ɪkˈstrɛmɪtɪ/ n ( pl -ties)
  1. the farthest or outermost point or section; termination
  2. the greatest or most intense degree
  3. an extreme condition or state, as of adversity or disease
  4. a limb, such as a leg, arm, or wing, or the part of such a limb farthest from the trunk
  5. (usually plural) archaic a drastic or severe measure

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