Extinction - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈstɪŋkʃn|  American pronunciation of the word extinction
Brit.  |ɪkˈstɪŋ(k)ʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word extinction

noun

- no longer active; extinguished
- no longer in existence(syn: defunctness)
- the reduction of the intensity of radiation as a consequence of absorption and radiation
- complete annihilation(syn: extermination)
- a conditioning process in which the reinforcer is removed and a conditioned response becomes independent of the conditioned stimulus
- the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning(syn: extinguishing, quenching)

Examples

the extinction of all life in the region

the extinction of many old traditions

Mass extinctions of prehistoric animals are known to have occurred.

The sudden extinction of those hopes which she had so long cherished.

An operation is beginning to try to save a species of crocodile from extinction.

Many species have been shot to the verge of extinction.

The breed was on the verge of extinction.

They were hunted almost to extinction.

Conservationists are trying to save the whale from extinction.

Many endangered species now face extinction.

Their traditional way of life seems doomed to extinction.

they think a meteor cause the extinction of the dinosaurs

...warned that the rain forests are in danger of extinction unless the world's industrial powers concert a plan to prevent such an occurrence...

These birds have been hunted almost to extinction.

Communism is a religion of the state, committed to the extinction of the Church.

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