What does extinction mean?

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ɪkˈstɪŋk ʃənex·tinc·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. extinction(noun)

    no longer active; extinguished

    "the extinction of the volcano"

  2. extinction, defunctness(noun)

    no longer in existence

    "the extinction of a species"

  3. extinction(noun)

    the reduction of the intensity of radiation as a consequence of absorption and radiation

  4. extinction, extermination(noun)

    complete annihilation

    "they think a meteor cause the extinction of the dinosaurs"

  5. extinction, experimental extinction(noun)

    a conditioning process in which the reinforcer is removed and a conditioned response becomes independent of the conditioned stimulus

  6. extinction, extinguishing, quenching(noun)

    the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning

    "the extinction of the lights"


  1. Extinction(n.)

    Specifically: The ceasing to exist of a species of living organism, such as a plant or animal, whose numbers declined to the point where the last member of the species died and therefore no new members of the species could ever again be born.

    Etymology: [L. extinctio, exstinction: cf. F. extinction.]


  1. extinction(Noun)

    The action of making or becoming extinct; annihilation.

    Etymology: From extinction, from extinctio, from extinguere, past participle extinctus; see extinguish.

  2. extinction(Noun)

    The absorption or scattering of electromagnetic radiation emitted by astronomical objects by intervening dust and gas before it reaches the observer.

    Etymology: From extinction, from extinctio, from extinguere, past participle extinctus; see extinguish.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extinction(noun)

    the act of extinguishing or making extinct; a putting an end to; the act of putting out or destroying light, fire, life, activity, influence, etc

    Etymology: [L. extinctio, exstinction: cf. F. extinction.]

  2. Extinction(noun)

    state of being extinguished or of ceasing to be; destruction; suppression; as, the extinction of life, of a family, of a quarrel, of claim

    Etymology: [L. extinctio, exstinction: cf. F. extinction.]


  1. Extinction

    In biology and ecology, extinction is the end of an organism or of a group of organisms, normally a species. The moment of extinction is generally considered to be the death of the last individual of the species, although the capacity to breed and recover may have been lost before this point. Because a species' potential range may be very large, determining this moment is difficult, and is usually done retrospectively. This difficulty leads to phenomena such as Lazarus taxa, where a species presumed extinct abruptly "re-appears" after a period of apparent absence. Through evolution, new species arise through the process of speciation—where new varieties of organisms arise and thrive when they are able to find and exploit an ecological niche—and species become extinct when they are no longer able to survive in changing conditions or against superior competition. The relationship between animals and their ecological niches has been firmly established. A typical species becomes extinct within 10 million years of its first appearance, although some species, called living fossils, survive with virtually no morphological change for hundreds of millions of years. Most extinctions have occurred naturally, prior to Homo sapiens walking on Earth: it is estimated that 99.9% of all species that have ever existed are now extinct.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of extinction in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of extinction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of extinction in a Sentence

  1. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu:

    We are threatened to become a species in extinction.

  2. R. Buckminster Fuller, Playboy Interview - February 1972:

    Racism, pollution and the rest of it are themselves very close to extinction.

  3. Ana Colovic Lesoska:

    I felt that it was a matter of injustice, it's not as if a meteor dropped on the middle of the park and destroyed the lynx, it's a decision... It was a decision by the banks to contribute to the extinction of the Balkan lynx.

  4. Greta Thunberg:

    People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.

  5. David Lambert:

    That's what you could see in the referendum and the polarization over Brexit. They're voting because they want a change. So, in a way, it is very time and place specific, Extinction Rebellion.

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