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 From his left hand, below a fat gold watch, purple worry beads protrude through his knuckles. Alexander Clapp, The New Republic, "The Vampire Ship," 28 Sep. 2020 In one village, Surucucu, women pierce their lips and noses with long sticks that protrude outward almost like whiskers, making the wearing of a mask impossible. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Coronavirus Spreads Deep Into the Amazon, Imperiling an Ancient Tribe," 27 Sep. 2020 Deep below the surface, salt domes protrude from the seafloor and some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world have formed on them, making up the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Popular Science, "This giant Gulf of Mexico reef is a conservation success story—here’s why it’s thriving," 8 Sep. 2020 From the rolling hills of the prairie lands protrude jagged spires that quickly expand to the horizon. Scott Bay, Travel + Leisure, "The Ultimate South Dakota Road Trip Itinerary: Where to Stop, What to Do, and More," 7 Sep. 2020 Their design, called the SSI Lambda in homage to the Space Studies Institute, is an alien-looking craft that consists of a long triangular truss flanked by three heat radiators that protrude from its body like feathers on an arrow. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Gravity, Gizmos, and a Grand Theory of Interstellar Travel," 3 Sep. 2020 Chunks of limestone, quarried more than 23 centuries ago, protrude from the earth. Myrto Papadopoulos, Smithsonian Magazine, "The King and the Conqueror," 8 June 2020 Knotted blue roots protrude from an abstract, sloping hillside, and bright green leaves seem to wave in the breeze. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Art Historian Identifies the Spot Where Vincent van Gogh Painted His Final Work," 29 July 2020 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

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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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2 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Protrude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protrude. Accessed 22 Oct. 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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