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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Recent Examples on the Web It is also used in the extraction of oils from seeds and nuts, and in the manufacturing of detergents and pharmaceuticals. Washington Post, 5 June 2021 Fort Berthold Reservation sits atop a massive reserve of oil and minerals; the extraction of these resources has bolstered the tribal nation’s economy since the gas and oil boom of 2008. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 18 May 2021 Jeff Perkins, ParkMobile's chief marketing and product officer, told the committee that the hack happened around the middle of March and involved the extraction of data from the company's systems. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2021 China has invested heavily into chip production and leads the world in extraction of the rare earth elements essential in modern technology. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 10 May 2021 In Jakarta, which is sinking at a rate between 15 and 25 centimeters a year due to the extraction of groundwater, most of the city floods during high tides. Lauryn Hill, Wired, 22 Apr. 2021 One startup, Slants, uses computer vision — a field of artificial intelligence that focuses on automating the extraction of meaningful information from digital inputs — and machine learning to generate player-tracking data. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 22 Apr. 2021 An inexact technique may result in incomplete extraction of the hair follicle and breakage of the hair shaft, so the skin surrounding the hair shaft can then become inflamed. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, 13 Apr. 2021 Both candidates promised to enact greater environmental safeguards and to grant Indigenous communities more say over the extraction of resources. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of extraction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of extraction was in the 15th century

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“Extraction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extraction. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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