Hypertext Webster Gateway: "extremities"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Extremity \Ex*trem"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Extremities}(?). [L.
extremitas: cf. F. extr['e]mit['e].]
1. The extreme part; the utmost limit; the farthest or
remotest point or part; as, the extremities of a country.

They sent fleets . . . to the extremities of
Ethiopia. --Arbuthnot.

2. (Zo["o]l.) One of locomotive appendages of an animal; a
limb; a leg or an arm of man.

3. The utmost point; highest degree; most aggravated or
intense form. ``The extremity of bodily pain.'' --Ray.

4. The highest degree of inconvenience, pain, or suffering;
greatest need or peril; extreme need; necessity.

Divers evils and extremities that follow upon such a
compulsion shall here be set in view. --Milton.

Upon mere extremity he summoned this last
Parliament. --Milton.

Syn: Verge; border; extreme; end; termination.

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