ex·​trac·​tor | \ ik-ˈstrak-tər How to pronounce extractor (audio) \

Definition of extractor

: 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 While career companies have the resources to buy extractors and second sets of turnout gear, English Consul members currently hose contaminants off their turnout gear, usually at the scene of the fire, Maddox said. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "‘We give our all. It’s not enough’: English Consul fire volunteers need public support for building renovations," 4 Nov. 2019 Fermentation has never been easier with this kit, which also features a bonus oxygen extractor to use during the later stages of ferment. Popular Science, "Fermentation kits to dazzle your taste buds," 30 Oct. 2019 Employees said retailers and processors could face higher wholesale cannabis prices, but extractors are expected to benefit by gaining access to additional plant material to manufacture goods such as infused products, edibles and concentrates. USA TODAY, "Rare yellow cardinal sighted, escaped goat caught, fossilized bear skull found: News from around our 50 states," 18 Oct. 2019 But extractors are expected to benefit by gaining access to additional plant material to manufacture goods such as infused marijuana products, edibles, and concentrates. BostonGlobe.com, "Colorado pot grower loses 20K plants due to early snow - The Boston Globe," 18 Oct. 2019 Several agencies plan to purchase commercial laundry equipment, known as extractors, to clean gear. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "New focus on firefighter cancer: Baltimore-area departments say they recognize the risk and are making changes," 24 Oct. 2019 According to the city, BDX-Indiana is poised to become one of the largest CBD oil extractors in the county in the first three years of operation. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "CBD oil manufacturing facility opening in Westfield, bringing more than 40 jobs," 24 Oct. 2019 Plus: a sap extractor, a talking doll, the world’s largest rock crusher, an electric pen, a fruit preserver, and a tornado-proof house. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "The Real Nature of Thomas Edison’s Genius," 21 Oct. 2019 Among the hotel’s features are eco-friendly washer-extractors in place of conventional washers and dryers, collection of runoff water on-site, extra insulation between floors and underground parking. Marco Santana, orlandosentinel.com, "New Smyrna Beach hotel lands UN environmental award," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of extractor

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of extractor was in 1597

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29 Jan 2020

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“Extractor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extractor. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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ex·​trac·​tor | \ ik-ˈstrak-tər How to pronounce extractor (audio) , ˈek-ˌstrak- How to pronounce extractor (audio) \

Medical Definition of extractor

1 : an instrument used in extraction (as of a tooth)
2 : an apparatus for extracting substances by means of solvents

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to assert without proof or before proving

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