- to drive or force out; expel, as from a place or position: The police ejected the hecklers from the meeting.
- to dismiss, as from office or occupancy.
- to evict, as from property.
- to throw out, as from within; throw off.
- to propel oneself from a damaged or malfunctioning airplane, as by an ejection seat: When the plane caught fire, the pilot ejected.
Origin of eject
1545–55; < Latin ējectus (past participle of ējicere) thrown out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + jec- (combining form of jacere) throw + -tus past participle suffix
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Examples from the Web for eject
Hotels can deny entry, gyms can deny access, and restaurants can eject you without consequence.Anti-Gay Jim Crow Comes to Kansas
February 13, 2014
Your Dad recognized the cycle I was caught in and said, “Just push the eject button.”A Porn Star’s Letter to Her Unborn Son
September 30, 2013
He either used a weapon that did not eject shell casings or he had the presence of mind to retrieve them before speeding away.The Storm of Violence That Killed Texas District Attorney Mike McLelland
April 2, 2013
Somehow Messinger, his copilot, the instructor pilot, and the navigator managed to eject from the airplane carrying the bombs.America's Secret Nuclear Test Revealed in Area 51
May 13, 2011
Theirs is a fool's paradise from which I could eject them at any moment; but I will not—not just yet.Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
It derives its name from an odor which it is able to eject, which smells not unlike that of the fox.Pathfinder
So I should be able to move the whole unit into the cargo lock and eject it from there.The Winds of Time
James H. Schmitz
But I can eject the torpedo from the tube, and perhaps the others.The Wreck of the Titan
He sat watching the toad all night, but the toad did not eject anything.More Science From an Easy Chair
Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
- (tr) to drive or force out; expel or emit
- (tr) to compel (a person) to leave; evict; dispossess
- (tr) to dismiss, as from office
- (intr) to leave an aircraft rapidly, using an ejection seat or capsule
- (tr) psychiatry to attribute (one's own motivations and characteristics) to others
C15: from Latin ejicere, from jacere to throw
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Word Origin and History for eject
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