ex·​trude | \ik-ˈstrüd \
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 \ noun
extrudable \ ik-​ˈstrü-​də-​bəl \ adjective
extruder \ ik-​ˈstrü-​dər \ 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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The Studio system uses a nozzle to extrude metal powders mixed with a polymer binder to form a three-dimensional object. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018 That code determines where the printer moves along its track, extruding 3⁄4-inch-thick layers of concrete like icing on a cake. Andrea Powell, WIRED, "How to 3-D Print an Entire House in a Single Day," 11 July 2018 Machines can’t extrude molten metal the way desktop 3D printers squirt polymers, because the machines would have to operate at temperatures of more than several thousand degrees Fahrenheit. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018 Jen transforms from victim into rampaging killer after being impaled on a spearlike branch, which extrudes priapically from her lower abdomen. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Revenge Is an Exploitation Movie for the #MeToo Era," 11 May 2018 Innovation in the last few years has yielded the elastomere or molded, extruded brush. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "What’s in Your Mascara?," 3 May 2018 The folks at the Hydraulic Press Channel took on that experiment this week, and unlike in the channel's video of extruding non-Newtonian fluid, there isn't any explosive conclusion to this one. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Hydraulic Press Make a Giant, Gross Gummy Worm," 18 Aug. 2017 The solution was then spun and extruded through a ring that was cooled. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Porous silk fiber traps heat, hides a rabbit from IR camera," 4 Apr. 2018 Wear-resistant fabrics, plastics, and extruded aluminum are all strong and lightweight. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Simple Projects You Can Make From Scrap Wood," 21 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \
extruded; extruding

Medical Definition of extrude 

transitive verb

: to force, press, or push out

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