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.

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The 1973 Plymouth Gold Duster protruding from the wall, the driver’s seat in Indiana, the passenger seat in Ohio. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: One high school gym, two states, and the midcourt stripe has a secret," 3 July 2019 Sensors protruding from one end of it detect temperature, pH and oxygen content, and more. Washington Post, "Sampling initiative in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor aims to answer the question, ‘How’s the water, hon?’," 27 June 2019 Sensors protruding from one end of it detect parameters including temperature, pH and oxygen content. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Sampling initiative in Baltimore's Inner Harbor aims to answer the question, 'How's the water, hon?'," 25 June 2019 And their teeth were strange, protruding horizontally from the whales’ mouths. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Bizarre Whale Is a Beluga-Narwhal Hybrid," 20 June 2019 The building itself is a work of art, with giant bubble windows protruding from the exterior and an interior atrium with a spiral staircase twisting toward a latticed skylight. Katherine Rodeghier, Dallas News, "St. Petersburg, Fla., goes from senior rest home to hipster hangout," 18 June 2019 An alligator with a large knife protruding from its head was spotted in a Texas lake, angering residents. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Alligator with knife sticking out of its head spotted swimming in a Texas lake," 14 June 2019 As the talks dragged on, a delegate for the state asked to meet with Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who was having dinner back in town at his hulking ministry protruding into the River Seine. latimes.com, "Here’s how the $37-billion Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger went into the ditch," 6 June 2019 Also in February, Katy Perry’s fashion line pulled two types of shoes featuring protruding eyes, nose and red lips that critics likened to blackface. Anita Snow, The Seattle Times, "Sikhs say Nordstrom apologized for turban, waiting for Gucci," 19 May 2019

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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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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

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