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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One of his employees opened it and discovered a length of pipe with a clock attached to it and conspicuously protruding wires. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology of Pipe Bombs and Suspicious Packages, Explained," 25 Oct. 2018 Furthermore, the Kona's rear seats fold flat with the cargo floor, while the EcoSport's seats protrude a few inches above the floor. Mark Takahashi, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds compares subcompact crossover SUVs Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 29 June 2018 Furthermore, the Kona’s rear seats fold flat with the cargo floor, while the EcoSport’s seats protrude a few inches above the floor. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 27 June 2018 The actual mine is spherical with antenna detonators protruding from the surface of the mine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sea Mine Sighted, Blown Up Off Washington Coast," 29 Aug. 2018 When the family showed up to the 2005 wedding of Cindy’s brother, Anthony was seven months pregnant — with her bump protruding in a tight dress. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Casey Anthony 'Will Never' Identify Caylee's Father, Says Source: 'She'll Take That Secret to the Grave’," 12 June 2018 In contrast to military flamethrowers, the fire that comes roaring from the barrels of the Boring Co. version only appears to protrude a few feet. David Pan, USA TODAY, "Elon Musk delivers first 1,000 flamethrowers, value rockets on eBay," 11 June 2018 While both males and females have antennae, the males' are much more garish, protruding like large feathers. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Only female mosquitoes bother us (and other facts about the insects Alaskans love to hate)," 7 July 2018 The real Churchill, sometimes to his chagrin, was painted to look much like a joyless bulldog, with squinted eyes and a protruding lower lip. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "British Roll Out Trump’s Political Idol: Winston Churchill," 12 July 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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