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 Attempts to take this into account are found in the scope-three disclosures, which cover the entire value chain of a business from the extraction of its raw materials through its suppliers and on to its end users. The Economist, "Hotting up How much can financiers do about climate change?," 20 June 2020 The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that only 1,577 workers in Michigan were employed in natural-gas extraction, oil and gas drilling, and related support activities in 2019. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Fact-check: Biden called for limits on fracking, not a complete ban, as candidate claims," 19 June 2020 There was no placard on the door to the room where the R.N.A. extraction was being performed, and the floor was gridded with glue lines where tiles had been pulled up. Robert P. Baird, The New Yorker, "How Utah’s Tech Industry Tried to Disrupt Coronavirus Testing," 13 June 2020 Some are building more natural gas plants, which burn cleaner than coal, but still emits tons of planet-warming methane during extraction and carbon dioxide during combustion. Eric Niiler, Wired, "The Covid-19 Economic Slump Is Closing Down Coal Plants," 12 June 2020 Wyoming’s fossil-fuel extraction and tourism industries have been especially hard-hit by the coronavirus. USA TODAY, "Fest cancellations, mixed-up results, unemployment slowdown: News from around our 50 states," 5 June 2020 The fate of the clean energy transition depends on dramatically increasing the extraction, refining, and processing of critical energy minerals, the State Department’s top energy official said Tuesday. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Top State official says clean energy fate hinges on securing supply of metals and minerals," 2 June 2020 Conservatism has almost wholly aligned with the privatization of Native lands and the extraction of the natural resources in and underneath them. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Rebirth of Red Power," 1 June 2020 Their tools have been deployed to speed up shale extraction, especially from the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico. NBC News, "Google says it won't build AI tools for oil and gas drillers," 20 May 2020

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First Known Use of extraction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Jun 2020

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“Extraction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extraction. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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


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


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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