ex·trac·tor | \ik-ˈstrak-tər \

Definition of extractor 

: one that extracts especially : the mechanism in a firearm that dislodges a spent cartridge from the chamber

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Each of Akron's 14 stations should have an extractor, but currently only nine stations do. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "Akron Fire Department moves forward in replacing old equipment, updating safety gear," 12 Feb. 2018 The solution is a slot or air extractor through the hood (bonnet) that passes air up and accelerates it over the windscreen. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "“Change like we’ve not seen in decades”—high-end auto designers go electric," 2 June 2018 If a tick is biting you, use a fine tweezers or notched tick extractor to remove it as close to the skin as possible. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Across the U.S., reports of tick-borne illness are rising. Here's what's happening in Idaho.," 29 May 2018 Simmons and his crew brought in high-powered extractors that sucked muck from Fontana’s basement — which promptly flooded again a few weeks later. Joanne Cleaver, chicagotribune.com, "Reckoning with water damage, from flooded basements to faulty dishwashers," 20 Sep. 2017 So, rather than pull a Utah and attempt to cede all those acres to energy extractors, New York is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in protecting its wild places and making them more accessible for everyone. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "New York Wants to Get More People Camping—for Free," 26 Apr. 2018 For guests arriving early or departing late, the Luana Lounge offers lockers, showers, a bathing suit water extractor, a computer workstation, and a comfortable place to hang out. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disney's Aulani resort: A Hawaiian vacation, with characters," 8 Apr. 2018 Improved fire services, including replacement of Station #2, a ladder truck, protective gear for all 275 firefighters and extractor machines to remove toxins from clothing. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan touts economic development initiatives in 2018 State of the City address," 28 Feb. 2018 First-time tooth extractors scored an average $5.70 per incisor (down 2 cents from the previous year). Nicole Zelniker, USA TODAY, "A cavity in generosity: Survey finds the Tooth Fairy was mean in 2017, despite the improving economy," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of extractor

1597, in the meaning defined above

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ex·trac·tor | \ik-ˈstrak-tər, ˈek-ˌstrak- \

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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