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

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 extrude (audio) \ noun
extrudable \ ik-​ˈstrü-​də-​bəl How to pronounce extrude (audio) \ adjective

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 Unlike black widows, Silkworms extrude only one type of fiber, made of a protein complex called silk fibroin. Max G. Levy, Wired, 28 June 2021 Turn the crank to extrude the meat into the casing. Cameron Johnson, Popular Mechanics, 12 May 2021 At one time, the cooks dropped the batter off spoons into the hot oil, but most fish camps now rely on machines that extrude hushpuppies into the fryers at a pace that can keep up with demand. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 10 May 2021 Someone could scan an original section, fiddle with the coding and extrude the new piece layer by layer on a 3-D printer fitted with filament that contains wood fibers and plastic. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2021 Well before the days of artisanal everything in Portland, Elephants Deli became one of the city’s first modern markets to extrude its own pasta, squeeze its own orange juice, pour its own espresso and bake its own bread. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 12 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 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, 21 Jan. 2020

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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 6 Aug. 2021.

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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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