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[proh-trood, pruh-] /proʊˈtrud, prə-/
verb (used without object), protruded, protruding.
to project.
verb (used with object), protruded, protruding.
to thrust forward; cause to project.
Origin of protrude
1610-20; < Latin prōtrūdere to thrust forward, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + trūdere to thrust
Related forms
protrudent, adjective
[proh-troo-suh-buh l, -zuh-, pruh-] /proʊˈtru sə bəl, -zə-, prə-/ (Show IPA),
protrudable, adjective
nonprotruding, adjective
unprotruded, adjective
unprotrudent, adjective
unprotruding, adjective
unprotrusible, adjective
1. bulge, swell, belly. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for protruded
Historical Examples
  • Winkleman puffed out his chest and protruded his great beard.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • He protruded from his pocket the butt of a pistol—newly purchased.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • It was fully five feet long and protruded a foot out above his bed.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • His waistcoat was low, and from it protruded the front of a fluted shirt.

  • From the side of his face there protruded a terrible moustache.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart
  • Smoke was curling upward from the stovepipe which protruded above the roof.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • Hope slapped the revolver butt which protruded from the front of his tunic.

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The eagle had been tearing at their tongues, which protruded as they lay on the ground.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • But now, it appeared that the tile which protruded from the cement floor was removable.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • At last with great caution the head and feet were protruded.

    Six Months at the Cape R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for protruded


to thrust or cause to thrust forwards or outwards
to project or cause to project from or as if from a surface
Derived Forms
protrudable, adjective
protrudent, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from pro-² + trudere to thrust
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Word Origin and History for protruded



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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protruded in Medicine

protrude pro·trude (prō-trōōd')
v. pro·trud·ed, pro·trud·ing, pro·trudes

  1. To push or thrust outward.

  2. To jut out; project.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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