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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He's also proposed a clean break between the federal government and the fossil fuel industry, ending tax breaks for oil companies and banning all drilling and extraction on federal lands and beneath federal waters. Fortune, "After Dropping Presidential Bid, Jay Inslee Expected to Seek Third Term as Governor," 22 Aug. 2019 He's also proposed a clean break between the federal government and the fossil fuel industry, ending tax breaks for oil companies and banning all drilling and extraction on federal lands and beneath federal waters. Rachel La Corte, chicagotribune.com, "Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he’s ending his 2020 Democratic presidential bid," 21 Aug. 2019 He's also proposed a clean break between the federal government and the fossil fuel industry, ending tax breaks for oil companies and banning all drilling and extraction on federal lands and beneath federal waters. CBS News, "Washington Governor Jay Inslee drops out of 2020 presidential race," 21 Aug. 2019 Finley of the Denver Post further identifies urban housing, commercial construction, logging, grazing, and oil and gas extraction as major culprits in landscape modification. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The U.S. Loses a Football Field-Sized Patch of Nature Every 30 Seconds," 12 Aug. 2019 Oil and gas extraction, and industries related to it, account for about 7% of GDP and a fifth of exports. The Economist, "The environmentThe environment is Canada’s biggest wedge issue," 25 July 2019 Further Reading The Greatest Leap, part 1: How the Apollo fire propelled NASA to the Moon Before the NASA opportunity, Hooks had interviewed for jobs in the region’s main industry—oil and gas extraction. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 4: Catching Apollo fever as a new NASA employee," 19 July 2019 Keep those oil-extraction subsidies and coal bailouts flowing. Catherine Rampell, The Denver Post, "Rampell: What are Republicans afraid of?," 6 Aug. 2019 In Canada, the designation closes off water from mining, oil, and gas extraction, dumping, and fishing with a method called trawling. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Pristine Arctic reserves will benefit wildlife and Inuit communities," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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