extraction

noun
ex·​trac·​tion | \ik-ˈstrak-shən \

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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At the time, the federal government tried to limit fossil fuel extraction on federal lands in several ways. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Drilling on US public lands causes 24 percent of the nation’s CO2 emissions," 27 Nov. 2018 The culmination of a two-year water extraction competition, the Skysource/Skywater Alliance was awarded for developing the machine that can produce, at minimum, 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using 100 percent renewable energy. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Carbon-Negative Generator Makes Drinkable Water out of Thin Air," 22 Oct. 2018 The map is enriched by a technique called building extraction. Emily Strasser, Curbed, "A secret city opens up," 8 Aug. 2018 Hernandez was mentioned as a potential starting rotation candidate in spring training, but suffered a setback due to an infection stemming from a wisdom tooth extraction. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Hungry for power, Marlins must wait longer to get back this home run threat | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018 And yet traditional Medicare does not cover routine dental care, like checkups, cleanings, fillings, dentures and tooth extraction. New York Times, "Medicare Doesn’t Equal Dental Care. That Can Be a Big Problem.," 19 Mar. 2018 Some kind of Manchin/Murkowski party might end up playing the role of not-Republicans in natural resource extraction states where the national Democratic Party brand is bad. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Proportional representation could save America," 15 Oct. 2018 Jung’s personal favorite—those green tea leaves are also fermented twice after handpicking to further enhance their anti-aging properties prior to extraction. Vogue, "South Korea’s Jeju Island Has the Best Beaches, Freshest Seafood, and the Makings for the Best Beauty Products Ever—Green Tea," 18 Sep. 2018 The team’s extraction occurred over a three day period as the country’s annual monsoons flooded the cave, prompting a massive and frenzied search and rescue operation. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Thai soccer team boys rescued from cave reportedly recreate experience, navigate through fake tunnel," 6 Sep. 2018

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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of extraction 

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

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