Pronunciation: (ik-strēm'), [key]
—adj., -trem•er, -trem•est,
1. of a character or kind farthest removed from the ordinary or average: extreme measures.
2. utmost or exceedingly great in degree: extreme joy.
3. farthest from the center or middle; outermost; endmost: the extreme limits of a town.
4. farthest, utmost, or very far in any direction: an object at the extreme point of vision.
5. exceeding the bounds of moderation: extreme fashions.
6. going to the utmost or very great lengths in action, habit, opinion, etc.: an extreme conservative.
7. last or final: extreme hopes.
8. Chiefly Sports.extremely dangerous or difficult: extreme skiing.
1. the utmost or highest degree, or a very high degree: cautious to an extreme.
2. one of two things as remote or different from each other as possible: the extremes of joy and grief.
3. the furthest or utmost length; an excessive length, beyond the ordinary or average: extremes in dress.
4. an extreme act, measure, condition, etc.: the extreme of poverty.
a. the first or the last term, as of a proportion or series.
b. a relative maximum or relative minimum value of a function in a given region.
6. Logic.the subject or the predicate of the conclusion of a syllogism; either of two terms that are separated in the premises and brought together in the conclusion.
7. Archaic.the utmost point, or extremity, of something.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.