- That which is extracted or drawn out.
- A portion of a book or document, separately transcribed; a citation; a quotation.
- 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.
- A solid preparation obtained by evaporating a solution of a drug, etc., or the fresh juice of a plant; -- distinguished from an abstract.
- A peculiar principle once erroneously supposed to form the basis of all vegetable extracts; -- called also the extractive principle.
- Extraction; descent.
- A draught or copy of writing; certified copy of the proceedings in an action and the judgement therein, with an order for execution.
- (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.
- (transitive) To withdraw by expression, distillation, or other mechanical or chemical process; as, to extract an essence. Cf. Abstract, v. t., 6.
- (transitive) To take by selection; to choose out; to cite or quote, as a passage from a book.
- (context, transitive, arithmetic) To determine (a root of a number).
- Please the third root of 27.
- From Latin extractum, past participle of extrahere.
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