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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.

Extract Quotations

A true architect is not an artist but an optimistic realist. They take a diverse number of stakeholders, extract needs, concerns, and dreams, then create a beautiful yet tangible solution that is loved by the users and the community at large. We create vessels in which life happens.
Cameron Sinclair

Man is a microcosm, or a little world, because he is an extract from all the stars and planets of the whole firmament, from the earth and the elements; and so he is their quintessence.

I've never been convinced that experience is linear, circular, or even random. It just is. I try to put it in some kind of order to extract meaning from it, to bring meaning to it.
Toni Cade Bambara

How many of us have been attracted to reason; first learned to think, to draw conclusions, to extract a moral from the follies of life, by some dazzling aphorism.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

When I read James Joyce, I'm not really interested in the Dublin of 1904. I'm interested in being in the presence of a voice and a sensibility underpinned by an authenticity which, I think, if you're a good writer, you can extract from the specific details of your own time. I think most writers do hope that their books will be read in ten years.
Joseph O'Neill
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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
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