1. To drive out or away; to expel. "They deposed, exterminated, and deprived him of communion." (Barrow)

2. To destroy utterly; to cut off; to extirpate; to annihilate; to root out; as, to exterminate a colony, a tribe, or a nation; to exterminate error or vice. "To explode and exterminate rank atheism." (Bentley)

3. <mathematics> To eliminate, as unknown quantities.

Origin: L. Exterminatus, p. P. Of exterminare to abolish, destroy, drive out or away; ex out + terminus boundary, limit. See Term.

(01 Mar 1998)

exterior, Exterior Gateway Protocol, exteriorise < Prev | Next > extermination, extern, external

Bookmark with: icon icon icon icon iconword visualiser Go and visit our forums Community Forums