- to get, pull, or draw out, usually with special effort, skill, or force: to extract a tooth.
- to deduce (a doctrine, principle, interpretation, etc.): He extracted a completely personal meaning from what was said.
- to derive or obtain (pleasure, comfort, etc.) from a particular source: He extracted satisfaction from the success of his sons.
- to take or copy out (matter), as from a book.
- to make excerpts from (a book, pamphlet, etc.).
- to extort (information, money, etc.): to extract a secret from someone.
- to separate or obtain (a juice, ingredient, etc.) from a mixture by pressure, distillation, treatment with solvents, or the like.
- to determine (the root of a quantity that has a single root).
- to determine (a root of a quantity that has multiple roots).
- something extracted.
- a passage taken from a book, article, etc.; excerpt; quotation.
- a solution or preparation containing the active principles of a drug, plant juice, or the like; concentrated solution: vanilla extract.
- a solid, viscid, or liquid substance extracted from a plant, drug, or the like, containing its essence in concentrated form: beef extract.
Origin of extract
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Examples from the Web for extract
Humanitarian organizations had already pulled out, and French troops rushed in to extract the 15 foreigners left in the city.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
The scientists were able to extract sufficient DNA from the roots, and they did indeed find the virus fossils.Ebola's Roots Are 50 Times Older Than Mankind. And That Could Be the Key to Stopping It.
October 20, 2014
The procedure they undergo to extract eggs is intense and invasive and there are no sexual kicks involved.Today’s Sperm Donor Isn’t a Broke 20-Something
September 20, 2014
Sophia pays the $20,000 or more necessary to extract and freeze a large number of her eggs.‘Designer’ Babies Are Only for the Rich
July 7, 2014
So the advantages of being able to extract and store the most energy out of the minimum of calories far outweighed any risks.How Famines Make Future Generations Fat
May 11, 2014
Long and slow boiling is necessary to extract the strength from the meat.
Extract the meat from the shell, and cut it into small pieces.
When it is cold break it up, and extract all the flesh from the shell.
Lay the lemon-rind in scalding water, to extract the bitterness.
Extract all the stones, and spread out the plums on large dishes.
- to withdraw, pull out, or uproot by force
- to remove or separate
- to derive (pleasure, information, etc) from some source or situation
- to deduce or develop (a doctrine, policy, etc)
- informal to extort (money, etc)
- to obtain (a substance) from a mixture or material by a chemical or physical process, such as digestion, distillation, the action of a solvent, or mechanical separation
- to cut out or copy out (an article, passage, quotation, etc) from a publication
- to determine the value of (the root of a number)
- something extracted, such as a part or passage from a book, speech, etc
- a preparation containing the active principle or concentrated essence of a materialbeef extract; yeast extract
- pharmacol a solution of plant or animal tissue containing the active principle
Word Origin and History for extract
mid-15c., from Late Latin extractum, noun use of neuter past participle of extrahere "to draw out" (see extract (v.)).
- To draw or pull out, using force or effort.
- To obtain from a substance by chemical or mechanical action, as by pressure, distillation, or evaporation.
- To remove for separate consideration or publication; excerpt.
- To determine or calculate the root of a number.
- A concentrated preparation of a drug obtained by removing the active constituents of the drug with suitable solvents, evaporating all or nearly all of the solvent, and adjusting the residual mass or powder to the prescribed standard.
- A preparation of the essential constituents of a food or a flavoring; a concentrate.