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Meaning of extinct by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Recorded since 1432; from Latin extinctus, the past participle of extinguere ( “to put out, destroy, abolish, extinguish” ), corresponding to ex- + stinguere ( “to quench” )


    • IPA: /ɪkˈstɪŋkt/, /ɛkˈstɪŋkt/; X-SAMPA: /Ik"stINkt/, /Ek"stINkt/
      Rhymes: -ɪŋkt


    extinct ( comparative more extinct, superlative most extinct )

    1. ( dated ) Extinguished, no longer alight ( of fire, candles etc. )
      Poor Edward's cigarillo was already extinct .
    2. No longer used; obsolete, discontinued .
      Luckily, such ideas about race are extinct in current sociological theory .
    3. No longer in existence; having died out .
      The dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years .
    4. ( volcanology ) No longer actively erupting .
      Most of the volcanos on this island are now extinct .



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    • extinct in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • extinct in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of extinct by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. ( of e.g. volcanos ) permanently inactive

    2. an extinct volcano
    3. being out or having grown cold

    4. threw his extinct cigarette into the stream
    5. no longer in existence

    6. an extinct species of fish
      an extinct royal family
      extinct laws and customs

    Definition of extinct by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Extinct a. [L. extinctus, exstinctus, p. p. of extinguere, exstinguere. See Extinguish.]
      1. Extinguished; put out; quenched; as, “a fire, a light, or a lamp, is extinct; an extinct volcano.”

      Light, the prime work of God, to me is extinct. Milton.

      2. Without a survivor; without force; dead; as, “a family becomes extinct; an extinct feud or law.”

      3. Specifically: Once existing as a species but now having no living members; -- used of species of living organisms, especially of animals and plants; as, “dinosaurs are now extinct; the dodo bird is extinct”.

    2. Extinct, v. t. To cause to be extinct. [Obs.] Shak.