- a person or thing that extracts.
- (in a firearm or cannon) the mechanism that, after firing, pulls an empty or unfired cartridge or shell case out of the chamber and brings it into place for action by the ejector.
- a centrifuge for spinning wet laundry so as to remove excess water.
- Medicine/Medical, Dentistry. an instrument for drawing out, extracting, or pulling.
Origin of extractor
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Close the extractor around the piston-rod and insert the locking-pin.The Gunner's Examiner
Harold E. Cloke
The gun now has two live cartridges in it—both in the extractor.
"It was the extractor that made me suspicious," she finished.
Some makes of pistols, however, have the extractor lever in a position which renders this grip with extended thumb impossible.Automatic Pistol Shooting
It's the most astounding thing I ever—My dear lady, an extractor is used to get the hooks out of fish.
- a person or thing that extracts
- an instrument for pulling something out or removing tight-fitting components
- a device for extracting liquid from a solid, esp a centrifugal dryer
- short for extractor fan
- a fitting in many firearms for removing spent cartridges from the chamber
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- An instrument used for drawing or pulling out any natural part or foreign body.
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