Definition of Extract

1. Noun. A solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance (usually in water).

Exact synonyms: Infusion
Specialized synonyms: Beef Tea, Bovril, Black Catechu, Catechu, Pancreatin
Generic synonyms: Solution

2. Verb. Remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense. "Extract information from the telegram"
Exact synonyms: Draw Out, Pull, Pull Out, Pull Up, Take Out
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw
Specialized synonyms: Squeeze Out, Wring Out, Demodulate, Thread
Related verbs: Draw, Get Out, Pull, Pull Out, Take Out
Derivative terms: Extractible, Extraction, Extractor

3. Noun. A passage selected from a larger work. "He presented excerpts from William James' philosophical writings"
Exact synonyms: Excerpt, Excerption, Selection
Generic synonyms: Passage
Specialized synonyms: Chrestomathy, Analecta, Analects, Clipping, Cutting, Newspaper Clipping, Press Clipping, Press Cutting, Cut, Track, Citation, Quotation, Quote
Specialized synonyms: Haftarah, Haftorah, Haphtarah, Haphtorah
Derivative terms: Excerpt

4. Verb. Get despite difficulties or obstacles. "I extracted a promise from the Dean for two new positions"
Generic synonyms: Obtain

5. Verb. Deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning). "We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant"
Exact synonyms: Draw Out, Educe, Elicit, Evoke
Generic synonyms: Construe, Interpret, See

6. Verb. Extract by the process of distillation. "Distill the essence of this compound"
Exact synonyms: Distil, Distill
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Specialized synonyms: Moonshine
Related verbs: Distil, Distill
Generic synonyms: Create, Make
Derivative terms: Distillate, Distillation, Distillation, Distillery, Extractible, Extraction

7. Verb. Separate (a metal) from an ore.
Category relationships: Excavation, Mining
Generic synonyms: Separate
Derivative terms: Extractible, Extraction

8. Verb. Obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action. "Italians express coffee rather than filter it"
Exact synonyms: Express, Press Out
Specialized synonyms: Ream
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Get
Derivative terms: Expression, Extractible

9. Verb. Take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy.
Exact synonyms: Excerpt, Take Out
Generic synonyms: Choose, Pick Out, Select, Take
Derivative terms: Excerpt

10. Verb. Calculate the root of a number.
Category relationships: Math, Mathematics, Maths
Generic synonyms: Calculate, Cipher, Compute, Cypher, Figure, Reckon, Work Out

Definition of Extract

1. v. t. 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. n. That which is extracted or drawn out.

Definition of Extract

1. Noun. That which is extracted or drawn out. ¹

2. Noun. A portion of a book or document, incorporated distinctly in another work; a citation; a quotation. ¹

3. Noun. 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. ¹

4. Noun. A solid preparation obtained by evaporating a solution of a drug, etc., or the fresh juice of a plant; -- distinguished from an abstract. ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) A peculiar principle (fundamental essence) once erroneously supposed to form the basis of all vegetable extracts; -- called also the extractive principle. ¹

6. Noun. Ancestry; descent. ¹

7. Noun. A draft or copy of writing; a certified copy of the proceedings in an action and the judgment therein, with an order for execution. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) 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. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To withdraw by expression, distillation, or other mechanical or chemical process; as, to extract an essence. Compare abstract, transitive verb. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To take by selection; to choose out; to cite or quote, as a passage from a book. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive arithmetic) To determine (a root of a number). ¹

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Definition of Extract

1. to pull or draw out [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Extract

1. A concentrated preparation of a vegetable or animal drug obtained by removing the active constituents therefrom with a suitable menstruum, evaporating all or nearly all the solvent and adjusting the residual mass or powder to a prescribed standard. Extracts are prepared in three forms, semiliquid or of syrupy consistency, pilular or solid and as dry powder. Origin: L. Extractum This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Extract

extracorporeal circulation
extracorporeal dialysis
extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy
extracranial arteritis
extracranial ganglia
extracranial pneumatocele
extracranial pneumocele
extract the Michael
extract the urine
extracted the urine
extracting forceps
extracting the urine

Literary usage of Extract

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Alcohol, a Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine by Fritz Wilhelm Woll, Alfred Fournier, Martha Meir Allen (1900)
"5491 Johann Hoff'sches Malz-extract, Gesund- heit's Beir 11.02 4.85 5621 Johann ... Malt Wine 11.71 5.63 Liquid Bread, A Pure extract of Malt 6.78 6.63 5395 ..."

2. Annual Report by Indiana State Board of Health (1910)
"Cinnamon extract is the flavoring extract prepared from oil of cinnamon, and contains not less than two (2) per cent, by volume of oil of cinnamon. Par. 6a. ..."

3. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1914)
"These two experiments go to show that the extract of the dried alfalfa as ... (g) 25 cc. water + 50 cc. extract. The mixtures were digested for 24 hours at ..."

4. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1887)
"(12) extract from "Bulletin du Musi'e de l'Industrie," published by De Mot ... (16) extract from "The Encyclopaedia of Domestic Economy," published in New ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1886)
"The preparation of camellia employed by Dr. Andrews in these investigations, was the fluid extract of Squibb. The active principle was caffeine. ..."

6. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1896)
"By art is substituted the animal secretion or extract for that which the ... When, however, thyroid extract, for example, is used in the treatment uf ..."

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