extraction

noun
ex·​trac·​tion | \ ik-ˈstrak-shən How to pronounce extraction (audio) \

Definition of extraction

1 : the act or process of extracting something
2 : ancestry, origin a family of French extraction
3 : something extracted

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Examples of extraction in a Sentence

tooth extractions and other dental procedures the extraction of teeth by dentists the extraction of juices from plant matter
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Thai navy SEALs announced the extractions but did not reveal the condition of the boys. USA TODAY, "Live outside hospital awaiting rescue of youth soccer team," 8 July 2018 Galeotos, on the other hand, has focused on technology as the way forward for Wyoming's economy, which is dependent on fossil fuel extraction. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Trump endorses Foster Friess in Wyoming gubernatorial primary," 21 Aug. 2018 The search team, with support from the governments of Greenland, the United States, and the United Kingdom, plans to return next summer to begin the extraction process of the P-38. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "WWII P-38 Discovered Under 300 Feet of Ice in Greenland," 27 July 2018 The Statistics Canada report said the mining, quarrying and oil-and-gas-extraction sector was the biggest driver of May’s gain in output. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada GDP Rose in May, Beating Expectations," 31 July 2018 In the city of Morichal, about 350 miles east of Caracas, dozens of nonfunctioning drills and rusting loading machines stood idle on a recent day at one of PDVSA’s main oil-extraction plants in the Orinoco oil belt. Washington Post, "The Venezuelan oil industry is on a cliff’s edge. Trump could tip it over.," 25 Feb. 2018 Up there with tiger tooth extraction and female bonobo ejaculation sampling is giving a pregnant shark an ultrasound. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Some Unborn Sharks Swim from Uterus to Uterus Inside Their Mom," 7 Jan. 2019 Last year’s run up in oil prices caused U.S. energy companies to invest in drills and other extraction equipment. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Demand for Business Equipment Cools," 27 June 2018 Drying a house now involves high-tech water extraction equipment, not just house fans running for days. Joanne Cleaver, chicagotribune.com, "Reckoning with water damage, from flooded basements to faulty dishwashers," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of extraction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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extraction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of extraction

: the act or process of getting something by pulling it out, forcing it out, etc. : the act of extracting something
used after of to describe the origin of a person or family

extraction

noun
ex·​trac·​tion | \ ik-ˈstrak-shən How to pronounce extraction (audio) \

Kids Definition of extraction

1 : the act of pulling out the extraction of a tooth
2 : origin sense 2, descent of French extraction

extraction

noun
ex·​trac·​tion | \ ik-ˈstrak-shən How to pronounce extraction (audio) \

Medical Definition of extraction

: the act or process of extracting something extraction of a tooth

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