protrude

verb
pro·trude | \ prō-ˈtrüd \
protruded; protruding

Definition of protrude 

transitive verb

1 archaic : to thrust forward

2 : to cause to project

intransitive verb

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

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Other words from protrude

protrusible \prō-ˈtrü-sə-bəl, -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.

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The documents further show the informant told detectives that after being shot, Ford was placed head-down in a barrel and his feet, which protruded up from the opening, were covered with a garbage bag. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Murder Suspect Allegedly Says Man Raped Her a Month Before She Shot Him in the Head as He Slept," 9 May 2018 When selecting a swimmer, look for bright, clear, protruding eyes and shiny skin. Nicole Yorio, Redbook, "Take the Fear Out of Buying Seafood," 20 May 2011 Construction workers building a park discovered the bones on the city's West Mesa, police said, a quarter mile from a mass grave where the remains were unearthed in 2009 after a woman walking her dog found a large bone protruding from the dirt. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Discovery near mass gravesite leads to fears of more victims in unsolved serial killings," 4 July 2018 In 2009, a woman walking her dog discovered a large bone protruding from the dirt, leading police to excavate the area. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Bones unearthed near New Mexico site where bodies were found," 3 July 2018 The young bull resisted forcefully, breaking his mother’s leg so badly a bone protruded and rangers had to put her down. New York Times, "Where Female Elephants Without Tusks Roam — and Poachers Stay Away," 16 June 2018 The truck came to rest in the right-hand shoulder, but a part of the truck was still protruding into the highway, the CHP said. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Major chain reaction crash kills woman on I-205 near Tracy, CHP says," 11 June 2018 The gloves have spikes protruding from the fingers, like some sort of medieval torture device. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: USA Luge's search for next great Winter Olympian visits Indianapolis," 28 June 2018 Was this slight man with the white hair protruding from his head like a thatch, who peered through thick glasses, actually the audacious, outrageous Mr. Warhol? Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Elisabeth S. Schleussner, former Baltimore Sun art and architecture critic," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of protrude

1620, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for protrude

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

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More Definitions for protrude

protrude

verb

English Language Learners Definition of protrude

: to stick out

protrude

verb
pro·trude | \ prō-ˈtrüd \
protruded; protruding

Kids Definition of protrude

: to stick out or cause to stick out

protrude

verb
pro·trude | \ prō-ˈtrüd \
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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