extant

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Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1545, from Latin extans, present participle of extō, from ex- (out) + stō (stand).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɛk.stənt/, /ɛkˈstænt/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɛkˈstænt/, /ˈɛk.stənt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ænt, -ɛkstənt

Adjective[edit]

extant (not comparable)

  1. Still in existence.
  2. Currently existing; not having disappeared.
  3. Still alive; not extinct.
  4. (obsolete) Standing out, or above the rest.
    • 1663, Robert Boyle, “Title IX. Experiments in Consort, Touching the Bubbles from which the Levity of Ice is Supposed to Proceed.”, in New Experiments and Observations Touching Cold, or, An Experimental History of Cold, Begun. [], London: [] Richard Davis, [], published 1683, OCLC 1050459766, paragraph 1, page 95:
      [W]hereas in ſmall fragments or plates, the Ice, though it ſink not to the bottom of the water, will oftentimes ſink so low in it, as ſcarce to leave any part evidently extant above the ſurface of the water, in vaſt quantities of Ice, that extancy is ſometimes ſo conſpicuous, that Navigators in their Voyages to Iſland, Greenland, and other frozen Regions, complain of meeting with lumps, or rather floating rocks of Ice, as high as their main Maſts.

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Verb[edit]

extant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of extō