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 The action is designed to interface with a wide variety of flat, breach-face barrels, thanks to the non-protruding extractor. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "10 Top Precision Rimfire Rifles for Competition and the Field," 9 Nov. 2020 Marofsky said that during ballot processing, a machine extractor opens the ballots. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Viral video shows Pennsylvania poll workers fixing damaged ballots," 6 Nov. 2020 These three features—the extractor, trigger, and safety—have defined the qualities of a proper hunting rifle for generations, and the arguments in favor of each are still valid today. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "This Custom Hunting Rifle From Dakota Arms is an Old-School Beauty," 9 Sep. 2020 Just make sure the extractor is strong with a good track record. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "How to Buy Your First Nice Hunting Rifle," 2 Nov. 2020 Pre-pandemic, Pennsylvania was slated to be the second-largest extractor of new oil and gas in the country. Nikil Saval, The New Republic, "The Future of the Democratic Party Is in Pennsylvania," 26 Oct. 2020 Each welding booth also comes with a fume extractor that pulls out the air every two minutes as students toil work on their projects. Farah Eltohamy, The Arizona Republic, "Butchers, welders and aestheticians require in-person training. Here's how that happens with COVID-19," 9 Oct. 2020 This was the first time Caraway, who works as an extractor at a medical cannabis company, participated in any sort of protest, Caraway told CNN. Brian Ries, CNN, "Protester who Trump called an 'anarchist' on Twitter says he was just trying to help out," 3 June 2020 Nutribullet The original Nutribullet comes with a 600-watt motor base, an extractor blade, a 24-ounce cup and an 18-ounce cup. NBC News, "17 best high school graduation gifts 2020," 5 May 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'extractor.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of extractor

1597, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about extractor

Time Traveler for extractor Time Traveler

The first known use of extractor was in 1597

See more words from the same year

Statistics for extractor

Cite this Entry

“Extractor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extractor. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for extractor


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

More from Merriam-Webster on extractor

Nglish: Translation of extractor for Spanish Speakers

Comments on extractor

What made you want to look up extractor? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!