from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To release from an entanglement or difficulty; disengage.
- transitive v. Archaic To distinguish from something related.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To free, disengage, loosen, or untangle.
- v. To free from intricacies or perplexity
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To free, as from difficulties or perplexities; to disentangle; to disembarrass
- transitive v. To cause to be emitted or evolved.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To disentangle; disengage; free: as, to extricate one from a perilous or embarrassing situation; to extricate one's self from debt.
- To set loose or free; evolve; excrete.
- Synonyms Disentangle, etc. (see disengage); relieve, deliver, set free.
- In entomology, extruded: applied to the ovipositor when the valves and vagina are entirely without the body, whether in use or not, as in many Ichneumonidæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. release from entanglement of difficulty
Latin extrīcāre, extrīcāt- : ex-, ex- + trīcae, hindrances, perplexities.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin extricatus, past participle of extricō. (Wiktionary)