Ex*ter"mi*nate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exterminated(?); p. pr. & vb. n. Exterminating(?).] [L. exterminatus, p. p. of exterminare to abolish, destroy, drive out or away; ex out + terminus boundary, limit. See Term.]


To drive out or away; to expel.

They deposed, exterminated, and deprived him of communion. Barrow.


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. Math.

To eliminate, as unknown quantities.



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