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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Friday’s report showed output in the volatile mining sector rose by 0.1% in May. The mining index, which includes oil and natural gas extraction, was up 10% from a year earlier. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "U.S. Industrial Production Rebounded in May," 14 June 2019 Help members of the community with reforestation initiatives, and interview local researchers about their efforts to preserve this unique habitat in the face of oil and natural gas extraction. National Geographic, "https://www.nationalgeographic.com/expeditions/trip-types/student/middle-school/teen-galapagos-ecuador-tours.html," 12 June 2019 The county will spend the next several weeks making changes to its code dealing with oil and gas extraction. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Weld County pounces on local control in wake of new state oil and gas law," 10 June 2019 His treatment included having his jaw re-set, dental extraction, and debridement (removal) of weak tissue. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "This Is What Happens When an E-Cigarette Explodes in Your Mouth," 19 June 2019 The Guardian reports that some previous award winners and exhibitors argue that the money is tainted by its association with an oil company that profits from fossil fuel extraction and, as a result, contributes to a climate crisis. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "What should the National Portrait Gallery do about a controversial donor?," 9 June 2019 Any sort of extraction — from mining to fracking — affects the environment. Geoffrey Giller, Discover Magazine, "The Midwestern Sand Mines Feeding the Fracking Industry," 26 Apr. 2019 Known potash reserves in the area could sustain that amount of annual extraction for 150 years, before even further exploring the area for potentially more, Pagano said. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Untapped gold mine of potash sits beneath Michigan," 16 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, one of the restaurant's regular customers, a Wall Street banker of Russian Jewish extraction, was particularly enamored of Russian beluga. David Samuels, Town & Country, "One Bad Egg," 18 Oct. 2013

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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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