ex·​trac·​tor ik-ˈstrak-tər How to pronounce extractor (audio)
: one that extracts
especially : the mechanism in a firearm that dislodges a spent cartridge from the chamber

Examples of extractor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next to the heat extractors, air clearly runs out vertically, splitting wide before joining the rest of the flow. Michael Teo Van Runkle, Ars Technica, 26 Oct. 2023 Vacuuming removes loose dirt and dust from the surface of the carpet, allowing the extractor to pull out soil embedded deep in the fibers before cleaning. Laura Daily, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 But a closer look at the images revealed a strange design detail: The hood featured a pair of heat extractor vents and a cowl intake designed by fellow OVC member Peter Brock but never actually seen on a production or racing GT350. Michael Teo Van Runkle, Ars Technica, 26 Oct. 2023 But in true Gaines fashion, Crew didn't just sit idly by: The smallest family member did his fair share of brushing the hive, moving clean combs, and even giving the extractor's crank a spin. Kelsey Mulvey, House Beautiful, 29 Aug. 2023 First, run a vacuum or extractor over the fabric and then scrub any spots using a microfiber cloth dipped in warm water and circular motions. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Sep. 2023 At that point, writes historian Susan Williams, author of Spies in the Congo, the private sector replaced the king as the extractor of Congo’s natural resources. Ngofeen Mputubwele, WIRED, 21 Aug. 2023 Cities, farmers and mineral extractors in the lake’s watershed divert and deplete more than 2 million acre-feet per year. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Aug. 2023 Your purchase also includes a five-piece stainless steel skincare kit, which includes stainless steel tools like a blackhead extractor. Tim Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of extractor was in 1597

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“Extractor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extractor. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


ex·​trac·​tor ik-ˈstrak-tər How to pronounce extractor (audio) ˈek-ˌstrak- How to pronounce extractor (audio)
: an instrument used in extraction (as of a tooth)
: an apparatus for extracting substances by means of solvents

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