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

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None of those licensed extractors are in San Diego County. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego hash oil labs growing in sophistication, but who’s behind them?," 24 June 2019 An alternative, old-school method is to use a straight-flute extractor. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Extract Those Pesky Stripped Screws," 8 Nov. 2018 Despite these mechanisms of political and legal intimidation, everyday folks have continued to persevere, from kayak blockades in the bayous to people chaining themselves to extractors in protest of the construction. Mary Lovell, Teen Vogue, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline Meets Resistance from the L’eau Est La Vie Camp," 16 Oct. 2018 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

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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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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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