Definition of protrude
1 archaic : to thrust forward
2 : to cause to project
: to jut out from the surrounding surface or context <a handkerchief protruding from his breast pocket>
protrusibleplay \-ˈtrü-sə-bəl, -zə-\ adjective
Examples of protrude in a sentence
His lower jaw protrudes slightly.
A handkerchief protruded from his shirt pocket.
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
First Known Use: 1620
PROTRUDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of protrude for English Language Learners
: to stick out
PROTRUDE Defined for Kids
Definition of protrude for Students
: to stick out or cause to stick out
Medical Definition of protrude
transitive verb: to cause to project <the mentalis raises and protrudes the lower lip—Gray's Anatomy>
intransitive verb: to jut out from the surrounding surface
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