• WordNet 3.6
    • v extinguish kill in large numbers "the plague wiped out an entire population"
    • v extinguish terminate, end, or take out "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics","Socialism extinguished these archaic customs","eliminate my debts"
    • v extinguish put an end to; kill "The Nazis snuffed out the life of many Jewish children"
    • v extinguish extinguish by crushing "stub out your cigar"
    • v extinguish put out, as of fires, flames, or lights "Too big to be extinguished at once, the forest fires at best could be contained","quench the flames","snuff out the candles"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Extinguish To obscure; to eclipse, as by superior splendor. "Natural graces that extinguish art."
    • Extinguish To quench; to put out, as a light or fire; to stifle; to cause to die out; to put an end to; to destroy; as, to extinguish a flame, or life, or love, or hope, a pretense or a right. "A light which the fierce winds have no power to extinguish .""This extinguishes my right to the reversion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • extinguish To put out; quench; stifle: as, to extinguish fire or flame.
    • extinguish To destroy; put an end to; suppress: as, to extinguish an army; to extinguish desire or hope; to extinguish a claim or title.
    • extinguish To put under a cloud; obscure: eclipse; make unnoticed or unnoticeable: as, he was completely extinguished in this brilliant company.
    • extinguish In law, to put an end to. See extinguishment, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Extinguish eks-ting′gwish to quench: to destroy, annihilate: to obscure by superior splendour
    • v.i Extinguish to die out
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.”
  • Horace
    “Many heroes lived before Agamemnon; but all are unknown and unwept, extinguished in everlasting night, because they have no spirited chronicler.”
  • William Penn
    “Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man.”
  • Frank Tebbets
    Frank Tebbets
    “A life without love in it is like a heap of ashes upon a deserted hearth, with the fire dead, the laughter stilled and the light extinguished.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. extinguere, exstinguere,; ex, out + stinguere, to quench. See Distinguish Finish


In literature:

Audrey, the last to retire, extinguished the lamp, and tripped to her bed behind her screen.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
After waiting till the lights were extinguished in the library, he entered the house, and obtained his money and clothing.
"Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue" by Warren T. Ashton
When the last horrible act was consummated the light of her soul was put out, and her consciousness extinguished.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Then Indra extinguished that fire by pouring down heavy showers.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Fire falling on a grassless ground is extinguished of itself.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Fire was set to it many times, but our men extinguished it.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XVII, 1609-1616" by Various
We do pay excessively for property rights extinguished in the public interest.
"The Unpopular Review, Volume II Number 3" by Various
I longed to get to work, and once or twice I asked an officer standing near me to let us pass, and assist in extinguishing the flames.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
At this moment, Davies, who had completed his preparations, extinguished the torch.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Thus the republics of Florence and Siena were extinguished.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds

In poetry:

And by Weatherbury Castle, and therence
Through Casterbridge, bore I,
To tomb her whose light, in my deeming,
Extinguished had He.
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy
And give his own and take his own
And rule in his own right;
And though it loved in misery
Close and cling so tight,
There's not a bird of day that dare
Extinguish that delight.
"A Last Confession" by William Butler Yeats
The sluggish clouds hang low upon the town,
And from yon lamp in chilled and sodden rays
The feeble light gropes through the heavy mist
And dies, extinguished in the stagnant maze.
"Night In the City" by Ellis Parker Butler
Melecano. Command us, mighty Lord; what are thy wishes?
Wouldst thou extinguish the new-risen sun?
Behold what stores I bring
Of darkness and of fire!
Alas! with fury Melecano burns.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 1. " by William Cowper
Then did you sigh when hearing how cries
The bard of love, the singer of his dole?
When in the woods you saw the young man, sole,
And met the look of his extinguished eyes,
Then did you sigh?
"The Singer" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Dead leaves are deep in all our forest walks;
Their brightest tints not all extinguished yet,
Shine redly glimmering through the dewy wet;
And whereso'er thy musing foot is set,
The fragrant cool-wort lifts its emerald stalks.
"A November Wood-Walk" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

11 m ago Vehicle Fire Extinguished Fire Dept Activity On Shoulder.
Rescuers quickly extinguished the fire and evacuated 82 passengers and six crewmembers.
The first arriving fire company reported a working fire with power lines down at 1344 Peralta Road last Wednesday at 5 a.m. Fire companies made entry into the home and using hose lines extinguished the fire, which was confined to a bedroom.
Columbia firefighter Mike Holtz, left, and Lt Dave Richardson yesterday extinguish a fire set in a mock dorm room set up on Speaker's Circle on the University of Missouri campus.
14 m ago Vehicle Fire Extinguished Fire Dept Activity On Shoulder.
Crews after the fire was extinguished.
Officials say the blaze was extinguished around noon.
The small fire at 1809 W 25th St was reported in a stairwell at 2:30 am and was quickly extinguished.
8 m ago Vehicle Fire Extinguished Fire Dept Activity On Shoulder.
Firefighters extinguish flames at this house in the 1000 block of Lafayette Avenue SE in Grand Rapids, Nov 14, 2012.
Firefighters from four departments battled the blaze at 110 E Riddle Ave and extinguished the flames in less than 20 minutes.
Resident injured in Huntington Beach house fire home, fire, beach, huntington, culhane, blaze, crews, flames, injured, extinguished.
This time, it's Deion James beating the buzzer with a pull up 3 to extinguish the Flames of UIC for a one point win.
House fire extinguished safely in Birmingham .
Commercial vessels extinguish a platform fire on board West Delta 32 about 20 miles offshore Grand Isle, La.

In science:

When a star is observed behind an interstellar cloud of sufficient column density, we do not observe the direct light from the star, which is totally extinguished.
A review of the properties of the scattered starlight which contaminates the spectrum of reddened stars
As a comparison, the light we receive from the star is extinguished by ∼ e−2E (B−V )/λ (λ in µm), if the linear visible extinction extends to the UV.
A review of the properties of the scattered starlight which contaminates the spectrum of reddened stars
Since scattering occurs very close from the star, scattered and direct starlights must cross the same medium, thus being extinguished in a similar manner.
A review of the properties of the scattered starlight which contaminates the spectrum of reddened stars
As such emission is predominantly emitted from the outskirts of the collapsing system, it is less likely to be extinguished by dust (if present) than the more deeply embedded stellar light.
The First Cosmic Structures and their Effects
We note that the carbon burning shell extinguishes after the ONe core is formed and never reignites.
Massive binaries, Wolf-Rayet stars and supernova progenitors