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Definition 1: the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning - [noun denoting act]

Samples where extinction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the extinction of the lights

Synonyms for extinction in the sense of this definition

(extinction is a kind of ...) the act of ending something

"the termination of the agreement"

Definition 2: a conditioning process in which the reinforcer is removed and a conditioned response becomes independent of the conditioned stimulus - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for extinction in the sense of this definition

(extinction is a kind of ...) a learning process in which an organism's behavior becomes dependent on the occurrence of a stimulus in its environment

Definition 3: complete annihilation - [noun denoting event]

Samples where extinction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they think a meteor cause the extinction of the dinosaurs

Synonyms for extinction in the sense of this definition

(extinction is a kind of ...) total destruction

"bomb tests resulted in the annihilation of the atoll"

Definition 4: the reduction of the intensity of radiation as a consequence of absorption and radiation - [noun denoting process]

(extinction is a kind of ...) a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

"the action of natural forces" "volcanic activity"

(extinction is a part of ...) (physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium

"the absorption of photons by atoms or molecules"

(extinction is a part of ...) the physical process in which particles are deflected haphazardly as a result of collisions

Definition 5: no longer in existence - [noun denoting state]

Samples where extinction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the extinction of a species

Synonyms for extinction in the sense of this definition

(extinction is a kind of ...) the absence of life or state of being dead

"he seemed more content in death than he had ever been in life"

Definition 6: no longer active; extinguished - [noun denoting state]

Samples where extinction or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the extinction of the volcano

(extinction is a kind of ...) the state of being inactive

(... are attributes of extinction) (of e.g. volcanos) permanently inactive

"an extinct volcano"

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