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).
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.
- ex·tract·a·ble, ex·tract·i·ble, adjective
- ex·tract·a·bil·i·ty, ex·tract·i·bil·i·ty, noun
- non·ex·tract·a·ble, adjective
- non·ex·tract·ed, adjective
- non·ex·tract·i·ble, adjective
- o·ver·ex·tract, verb (used with object)
- pre·ex·tract, verb (used with object)
- un·ex·tract·a·ble, adjective
- un·ex·tract·ed, adjective
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How to use extract in a sentence
Mycologist Paul Stamets, for one, has shown that a mycelium extract can decompose petroleum waste and sprout oyster mushrooms in its place.Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Environmentalism - Issue 90: Something Green | Anastasia Bendebury & Michael Shilo DeLay | October 7, 2020 | Nautilus
He and his team had shown that extracts of certain fungi could be used to reduce bee mortality dramatically.
He had been producing these extracts for human consumption for several years—it is largely these products that have made Fungi Perfecti into a multimillion-dollar business.
The jar dribbled sugar water laced with fungal extracts into the dish, and bees crawled through a chute to get to it.
The health benefits to me are real—anti-anxiety, anti-inflammation, et cetera—but it is up to each person to determine how hemp extract and CBD can benefit them.OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder on launching a hemp-infused sparkling water brand | Rachel King | August 24, 2020 | Fortune
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 | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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. | Michael Daly | October 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The procedure they undergo to extract eggs is intense and invasive and there are no sexual kicks involved.
Sophia pays the $20,000 or more necessary to extract and freeze a large number of her eggs.
So the advantages of being able to extract and store the most energy out of the minimum of calories far outweighed any risks.
It may be applied directly to a suspected fluid, or, better, to the ethereal extract.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The following extract from the "Australasian" entitled, "Tobacco Smoking" refers to many literary smokers.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
As to the concluding line of the extract, I must leave it to some better Irish scholar than I can boast myself.
This extract will make a convenient statistic reference for matters concerning Liberia.
See the whole extract from Boccaccio, given and translated in the Introduction; see p. 68, above.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
British Dictionary definitions for extract
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 material: beef extract; yeast extract
pharmacol a solution of plant or animal tissue containing the active principle
- extractable, adjective
- extractability, noun
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