- to project.
- to thrust forward; cause to project.
Origin of protrude
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Examples from the Web for protrude
She had no flesh left; her bones seemed to protrude through the skin.L'Assommoir
The ribs had been cut across, and some portion of the heart or lung seemed to protrude.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
He could protrude a feline set of claws from his velvet glove.Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)
Anak's tongue began to protrude from his mouth and his eyes swelled.B. C. 30,000
Sterner St. Paul Meek
Hernia—Rupture which permits a part of the bowels to protrude.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
- to thrust or cause to thrust forwards or outwards
- to project or cause to project from or as if from a surface
Word Origin and History for protrude
1610s, "to thrust forward or onward, to drive along;" 1640s, "to cause to stick out," from Latin protrudere "thrust forward; push out," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + trudere "to thrust" (see extrusion). Intransitive meaning "jut out, bulge forth" recorded from 1620s. Related: Protruded; protruding.
- To push or thrust outward.
- To jut out; project.