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 And there’s an optional smoke extractor to help keep your kitchen smelling fresh. Kyle Schnitzer, Robb Report, 21 Feb. 2022 Enlarge / Rendering of a molten resource extractor under development by Lunar Resources. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 21 Jan. 2022 If all goes well, this is how Lunar Resources' extractor could appear on the lunar surface in a few years. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 21 Jan. 2022 The dining room is insulated by walls that are nearly five and a half feet thick, and warmed by the small but functional kitchen, in which a fissure doubles as a natural extractor hood. John Malathronas, CNN, 17 Jan. 2022 But the safest way to remove them is to have a dermatologist physically open the bump with a sterile needle, then use an extractor to pop out the contents. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 This includes replacing a nearly 20-year-old extractor washing machine and dryer, as well as new SCBA units and turnout gear. John Benson, cleveland, 20 Jan. 2022 To collect their samples, Dr. Lieberman and her colleagues used commercially available nose strips and old-fashioned squeezing with a tool called a comedone extractor. New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 The Beauty Magnet features a professional derma roller, rose quartz face roller, de-puffing eye roller, comedone extractor, and precise tweezer, all magnetized together for easy and travel-friendly organization. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of extractor

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Extractor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extractor. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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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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Nglish: Translation of extractor for Spanish Speakers


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