- 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. [1913 Webster]
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. [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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extinct — [ek stiŋkt′, ikstiŋkt′] adj. [ME < L extinctus, exstinctus, pp. of exstinguere: see EXTINGUISH] 1. a) having died down or burned out; extinguished [an extinct fire] b) no longer active [an extinct volcano] 2. no longer in existence or use;… … English World dictionary
Extinct — Ex*tinct , v. t. To cause to be extinct. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
extinct — index dead, defunct, lifeless (dead), null (invalid), null and void, obsolete, outdated … Law dictionary
extinct — (adj.) early 15c., from L. extinctus/exstinctus, pp. of extinguere/exstinguere (see EXTINGUISH (Cf. extinguish)). Originally of fires; the sense of the condition of dying out of a family or a hereditary title, 1580s; of species by 1768. Cf.… … Etymology dictionary
extinct — [adj] dead, obsolete abolished, archaic, asleep, bygone, cold*, dead and gone*, deceased, defunct, departed, disappeared, done for*, doused, ended, exanimate, exterminated, extinguished, fallen, gone, inactive, late, lifeless, lost, no longer… … New thesaurus
extinct — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a species or other large group) having no living members. 2) no longer in existence. 3) (of a volcano) not having erupted in recorded history. ORIGIN originally in the sense «no longer alight»: from Latin exstinguere extinguish … English terms dictionary
extinct — 01. Some people fear that grizzly bears are in danger of going [extinct]. 02. Dinosaurs have been [extinct] for millions of years. 03. Although dinosaurs have been [extinct] for millions of years, they are still very popular among children. 04.… … Grammatical examples in English
extinct — [[t]ɪkstɪ̱ŋkt[/t]] 1) ADJ A species of animal or plant that is extinct no longer has any living members, either in the world or in a particular place. It is 250 years since the wolf became extinct in Britain. ...the bones of extinct animals. 2)… … English dictionary
extinct — ex|tinct [ıkˈstıŋkt] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: exstinctus, past participle of exstinguere; EXTINGUISH] 1.) an extinct type of animal or plant does not exist any more ▪ Dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years. ▪ Pandas could … Dictionary of contemporary English
extinct — ex|tinct [ ık stıŋkt ] adjective * 1. ) an extinct animal, plant, or language no longer exists: The Tasmanian tiger was declared extinct in 1936. a ) an extinct custom, job, type of person, etc. does not exist any longer because society has… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English