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Definition of Extract


  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. To withdraw by expression, distillation, or other mechanical or chemical process; as, to extract an essence. Cf. Abstract, v. t., 6.
  3. To take by selection; to choose out; to cite or quote, as a passage from a book.
  4. That which is extracted or drawn out.
  5. A portion of a book or document, separately transcribed; a citation; a quotation.
  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. 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.
  8. A peculiar principle once erroneously supposed to form the basis of all vegetable extracts; -- called also the extractive principle.
  9. Extraction; descent.
  10. A draught or copy of writing; certified copy of the proceedings in an action and the judgement therein, with an order for execution.
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Extract Translations

extract in Dutch is afleiden
extract in French is extrayons, extrais, extrayez, extraire, extraient
extract in German is gewinnen, entnehmen, Auszug {m}
extract in Italian is compendio, estrassi, estrarre
extract in Latin is extraho extraxi extractum
extract in Norwegian is trekke ut, utdrag, ekstrakt
extract in Portuguese is extrato
extract in Spanish is extractar, extracto, extraer, egreso
extract in Swedish is packa upp, utdrag