protrude

verb
pro·​trude | \ prō-ˈtrüd How to pronounce protrude (audio) \
protruded; protruding

Definition of protrude

intransitive verb

: to jut out from the surrounding surface or context a handkerchief protruding from his breast pocket

transitive verb

1 : to cause to project
2 archaic : to thrust forward

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Other Words from protrude

protrusible \ prō-​ˈtrü-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce protrusible (audio) , -​zə-​ \ adjective

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Since trudere means "to thrust" in Latin, protrude means basically "to thrust forward". If your neighbors' patio protrudes over your property boundary, you may want to discuss it with them. A protruding disc in your spine may have to be operated on sooner or later; superficial protrusions, such as corns or bunions, tend to be less serious than more deeply rooted ones.

Examples of protrude in a Sentence

His lower jaw protrudes slightly. A handkerchief protruded from his shirt pocket.
Recent Examples on the Web Arrows protrude from her back and throat, and blood streams down her lithe body in glistening ribbons that look fresh enough to paint with. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Get a first look at Ryan La Sala's anticipated sophomore novel, Be Dazzled," 18 June 2020 Mice were bred even as their organs — vaginal tissue, rectal tissue or uterine tissue — protruded from their bodies, and they were not provided pain relief, according to PETA. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "PETA accuses Cleveland Clinic of abusing lab mice after undercover investigation," 7 May 2020 Purchased at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the pencil drawing depicts a nude girl reclining on her back, the contours of her ribs protruding unsettlingly above her navel. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Drawing Found in Thrift Store Turns Out to Be an Original Egon Schiele," 26 July 2019 There is a non-functional air scoop along the body sides and a clumsy, protruding grill between the single headlamps. Car and Driver, "Tested: 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang," 17 Apr. 2020 The protein spikes of COVID-19 protrude from the molecule’s surface, a double layer of lipid (fat) cells that hold everything together. Kate Morgan, Popular Mechanics, "How Deep Cleaners Kill the Coronavirus," 20 Apr. 2020 Spaces and forms interpenetrated. Sculptural concrete projections that housed the chambers and the mayor’s office protruded from a modular facade of offices. Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, "Michael McKinnell, 84, Dies; Architect of a Monumental City Hall," 4 Apr. 2020 Plus, the mechanical shifter protruding from the dashboard clacks inexpensively. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Compact SUV Battle: Ford vs. Honda vs. Mazda vs. Subaru vs. Toyota vs. VW," 20 Apr. 2020 Doing that would require changing how the vaccine attacks the flu virus, which is shaped like a sphere with lollipops protruding from it. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "A coronavirus vaccine is being developed in record time. But don't expect that technology to speed up flu vaccines — yet.," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of protrude

1620, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for protrude

Latin protrudere, from pro- + trudere to thrust — more at threat

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The first known use of protrude was in 1620

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Last Updated

28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Protrude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protrude. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for protrude

protrude

verb
How to pronounce protrude (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of protrude

: to stick out

protrude

verb
pro·​trude | \ prō-ˈtrüd How to pronounce protrude (audio) \
protruded; protruding

Kids Definition of protrude

: to stick out or cause to stick out

protrude

verb
pro·​trude | \ prō-ˈtrüd How to pronounce protrude (audio) \
protruded; protruding

Medical Definition of protrude

transitive verb

: to cause to project the mentalis raises and protrudes the lower lipGray's Anatomy

intransitive verb

: to jut out from the surrounding surface

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