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Extract meaning

extract - 12 dictionary results

  1. 1. To draw out or forth; to pull out; to remove forcibly from a fixed position, as by traction or suction, etc.; as, to extract a tooth from its socket, a stump from the earth, a splinter from the finger.
  2. 2. To withdraw by expression, distillation, or other mechanical or chemical process; as, to extract an essence. Cf. Abstract, v. t., 6.
  3. 3. To take by selection; to choose out; to cite or quote, as a passage from a book.
  4. 4. That which is extracted or drawn out.
  5. 5. A portion of a book or document, separately transcribed; a citation; a quotation.
  6. 6. A decoction, solution, or infusion made by drawing out from any substance that which gives it its essential and characteristic virtue; essence; as, extract of beef; extract of dandelion; also, any substance so extracted, and characteristic of that from which it is obtained; as, quinine is the most important extract of Peruvian bark.
  7. 7. Extraction; descent.
  8. 8. A draught or copy of writing; certified copy of the proceedings in an action and the judgement therein, with an order for execution.
  9. 9. A solid preparation obtained by evaporating a solution of a drug, etc., or the fresh juice of a plant; - distinguished from an abstract. See Abstract, n., 4.
  10. 10. A peculiar principle once erroneously supposed to form the basis of all vegetable extracts; - called also the extractive principle.
  11. 11. Anything drawn from a substance, as by heat, & c.; passage taken from a book or writing.
  12. 12. To draw out; select; take out.

extract - examples of usage

  1. Extract from a letter sent a few days later by Mrs. Hilbery to her sister- in- law, Mrs. Milvain: "... - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. The following extract from a letter is characteristic: I noticed my calves beginning to fail about the first week in December, but could not account for it, as they were getting plenty of grain and hay. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  3. This accomplished, it will often be possible to extract the fetus with the other leg turned forward into the womb. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
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