protrude

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verb pro·trude \prō-ˈtrüd\

Definition of protrude

protruded

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protruding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to thrust forward

  3. 2 :  to cause to project

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to jut out from the surrounding surface or context a handkerchief protruding from his breast pocket

protrusible

play \-ˈtrü-sə-bəl, -zə-\ adjective

Examples of protrude in a Sentence

  1. His lower jaw protrudes slightly.

  2. A handkerchief protruded from his shirt pocket.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of protrude

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


PROTRUDE Defined for English Language Learners

protrude

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Definition of protrude for English Language Learners

  • : to stick out


PROTRUDE Defined for Kids

protrude

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verb pro·trude \prō-ˈtrüd\

Definition of protrude for Students

protruded

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protruding

  1. :  to stick out or cause to stick out


Medical Dictionary

protrude

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verb pro·trude \prō-ˈtrüd\

Medical Definition of protrude

protruded

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protruding

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to cause to project the mentalis raises and protrudes the lower lip—Gray's Anatomy

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to jut out from the surrounding surface



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