ex·​trud·​er ik-ˈstrü-dər How to pronounce extruder (audio)
plural extruders
: someone or something that extrudes something
specifically : a machine that shapes material by forcing it through a specially designed opening
a pasta extruder
There are recipes too, and for those who don't have a sausage extruder at home (who doesn't?) some of the sausages don't require casings. Karon Liu
[Zak] Wilson brought a 3-D printer, and … he concedes that watching the extruder swing back and forth, depositing tiny bits of material with each pass, is "maybe not a terrible analogy for our stay here." Tom Kizzia

Examples of extruder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everything was easy to clean except for the penne extruder, which required some extra attention. Michelle Love, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Sep. 2023 Electric extruders operate by extruding the pasta dough from a dough chamber and then kneading and cutting the pasta on its own. Michelle Love, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Sep. 2023 Workers in another, equally hot room fed the shreds into an extruder, which pumped out little gray pellets known as nurdles. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 Then, too, it was not made with an ordinary food extruder, like most meat substitutes on the market today. Douglas Heingartner, IEEE Spectrum, 2 June 2018 The speed and the shape of the extruder help determine the hardness of the ice. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 11 May 2023 After mixing and resting, a mechanical extruder pushes the dough through dies of different shapes, and then it’s cut at set intervals. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2023 The monomers are extracted and polymerized, until plastic oozes out of the extruder, and with some molding, your Boba Fett is born—but his journey has just begun. Paul Ford, Wired, 23 June 2020 Michelle Minori shaped pasta by hand and with extruders at San Francisco destination Flour + Water and later helped open pasta-centric San Francisco restaurant BarZotto as executive chef. Mario Cortez, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


extrude + -er entry 2

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of extruder was in 1857

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“Extruder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extruder. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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