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

Definition of extrude

transitive verb

1 : to force, press, or push out Female goosefish extrude a gelatinous ribbon of eggs once a year. …Natural History The dark areas (maria) were shown to be produced by basic lavas extruded from deep below the surface of a hot Moon.— Ralph B. Baldwin
2 : to shape (a substance, such as metal or plastic) by forcing through a die (see die entry 2 sense 3d) Not only will this package allow you to grind your own meat very easily using that powerful motor, but you can also … use it to extrude pasta dough into long shapes …— Perry Brauner

intransitive verb

: to become extruded

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
Recent Examples on the Web Sharon and Kam designed a system that can extrude wooden ink into flat circular shapes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 30 Aug. 2022 Coarsely grate the bottom of the tomato in a downward direction, and bask in sheer joy as tomato guts extrude and the skin removes itself and shields your fingers. Mehreen Karim, Bon Appétit, 29 Aug. 2022 While rinsing, gently squeeze the pillow to extrude sudsy water. Jolie Kerr, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2022 Black cylindrical pellets of fake regolith, made of volcanic basalt, feed the printer, which will extrude (presumably) tough slabs. Max G. Levy, Wired, 9 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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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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“Extrude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extrude. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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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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