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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In 2015, Guyon arrived to replace Marco Zanini, a designer of Swedish and Italian extraction who spent just three seasons at the Paris label. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Schiaparelli’s Bertrand Guyon Is Out After Nearly Four Years," 19 Apr. 2019 For me, a good facial has always included thorough extractions and some kind of heavy-hitting exfoliant. Glamour, "We Tried the Best Methods for Getting Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes," 30 Apr. 2019 Seaborne LNG cargo markets also are being fueled by growing U.S. gas exports, as extraction costs in the U.S. are about a third less on average than those in other production centers including Russia and the Middle East. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Ship Orders Fall to Lowest Level in 15 Years," 19 Apr. 2019 Long Blackhead Extractions There's no end in sight with these extractions that keep oozing out like endless snakes. Andrea Navarro, Teen Vogue, "15 Grossly Satisfying Pimple Popping Videos We Can't Stop Watching," 14 Mar. 2019 Sater had been involved in coal extraction and oil drilling ventures with Khrapunov’s family and attended Khrapunov’s 2007 wedding to Ablyazov’s daughter, the lawsuit said. Michael R. Sisak, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit: Sater looked to launder cash through Trump projects," 25 Mar. 2019 Minnesota, Michigan and Ohio all had net negative migration of less than 2.5%; North and South Dakota, which have cold temperatures but are booming due to oil extraction, had positive net migration. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Cuomo Blames Cold Weather on New York’s Population Drain," 26 Sep. 2018 The Kochs are motivated by a mixture of ideology (public transit is socialistic) and self-interest (they are heavily invested in fossil fuel extraction and automobile production). Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The Koch brothers know how to play the long game to change America.," 19 June 2018 There is extensive training in movie theater extractions, with the focus on Texters. New York Times, "License to Interfere," 23 May 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 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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