ex·​trude | \ ik-ˈstrüd How to pronounce extrude (audio) \
extruded; extruding

Definition of extrude

transitive verb

1 : to force, press, or push out
2 : to shape (a substance, such as metal or plastic) by forcing through a die

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Other Words from extrude

extrudability \ ik-​ˌstrü-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce extrudability (audio) \ noun
extrudable \ ik-​ˈstrü-​də-​bəl How to pronounce extrudable (audio) \ adjective
extruder \ ik-​ˈstrü-​dər How to pronounce extruder (audio) \ noun

Examples of extrude in a Sentence

The machine extrudes enough molten glass to fill the mold. The plastic is extruded as a strong, continuous sheet. a toy made from extruded plastic
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Recent Examples on the Web Potentially more promising approaches are to understand exactly how tau is extruded from cells and the receptors that neighboring cells use to pick the protein up; recent experiments in my lab may point to the identity of one such receptor. Kenneth S. Kosik, Scientific American, "Five Types of Research, Underexplored until Recently, Could Produce Alzheimer’s Treatments," 20 Apr. 2020 Dry Step 6 After the final rinse, drain the sink, move the clothing to one side and, one by one, press down on each garment to extrude the water held in its fibers. Jolie Kerr, New York Times, "How to Handwash Your Clothes," 16 Apr. 2020 Wildlife surveys conducted by EcoHealth Alliance in China and elsewhere in Asia show the highest prevalence of coronaviruses tend to be extruded by animals through feces, or guano in the case of bats. National Geographic, "New coronavirus can spread between humans—but it started in a wildlife market," 21 Jan. 2020 The polypropylene is extruded at extremely small diameters, then settles and cools in a random pattern. Elias Groll, Wired, "The Defense Production Act Won’t Fix America’s Mask Shortage," 6 Apr. 2020 If pasta is extruded at the wrong speed or temperature, or with too much pressure, the elastic gluten nets in the dough will break and the pasta will dry with cracks and fissures, causing the pasta to be sticky when cooked. Brian Finke, Saveur, "Meet the Engineers and Outlaw Orecchiette Masters That Make Your Favorite Pastas Possible," 26 Sep. 2017 The other is extruded from a dough of durum semolina and water. Maureen B. Fant, Saveur, "Real Talk: Dried Pasta is Just as Good as Fresh," 28 Sep. 2017 The University of Maine’s printer overcomes the problem of scale by suspending the printer’s business end—the nozzle that extrudes the ink—from a gantry. The Economist, "Giant 3D printers for making boats, bridges, buildings and rockets," 14 Nov. 2019 The Maine university printer is able to extrude material at a rate of 70kg (150lbs) an hour. The Economist, "Giant 3D printers for making boats, bridges, buildings and rockets," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of extrude

1566, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for extrude

Latin extrudere, from ex- + trudere to thrust — more at threat

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The first known use of extrude was in 1566

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“Extrude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extrude. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of extrude

: to force, press, or push (something) out
: to shape (something) by forcing it through a hole


ex·​trude | \ ik-ˈstrüd How to pronounce extrude (audio) \
extruded; extruding

Medical Definition of extrude

transitive verb

: to force, press, or push out

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