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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from protrude

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

Did You Know?

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

Photos in the report, published last week, show emaciated dogs with ribs protruding from their sides. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "The US sent bomb-sniffing dogs to Jordan. Now they're dying from poor treatment," 16 Sep. 2019 The doormen, dressed in kilts with long feathers protruding from their berets, ushered in more than 50 uniformed American military service members. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Inside the Military’s 5-Star Layovers at a Trump Resort in Scotland," 12 Sep. 2019 The bald granite dome looms thousands of feet above the park highway, protruding from a forested ridge 6,725 feet above sea level. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, "In fall, experience the awe and adventure in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks," 31 Aug. 2019 Most troubling was the sight of a leg protruding from the snow. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "The Tragedy on Howse Peak," 28 Aug. 2019 Deputies reported to their location and observed what appeared to be human remains protruding from the ground. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Remains found in shallow grave identified as 49-year-old missing Georgia man," 16 Aug. 2019 On top of this weirdly alien mating behavior, anglerfish also have a bioluminescent lure protruding from their heads. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Anglerfish Continues To Haunt Our Dreams," 30 July 2019 Upon arriving, Harrington was shocked to find the goose alive, protruding from the grille with its wings splayed. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "'Unbelievable': This goose wasn't cooked — even after being hit by a car and getting stuck in the grille," 22 July 2019 Babbitt stopped and gazed up at the cliffs, bathed in the sunlight, with trees protruding from cracks in the red rocks. Ian James, azcentral, "He took down dams, freed wolves and preserved wildlands. Bruce Babbitt is still at work," 14 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'protrude.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about protrude

Statistics for protrude

Last Updated

3 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for protrude

The first known use of protrude was in 1620

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for protrude

protrude

verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on protrude

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for protrude

Spanish Central: Translation of protrude

Nglish: Translation of protrude for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of protrude for Arabic Speakers

Comments on protrude

What made you want to look up protrude? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

suitable to be imparted to the public

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!