from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of extracting or the condition of being extracted.
  • n. Something obtained by extracting; an extract.
  • n. Origin; lineage: of Spanish extraction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of extracting or the condition of being extracted.
  • n. A person's origin or ancestry.
  • n. Something extracted, an extract, as from a plant or an organ of an animal etc.
  • n. An act of removing someone from a hostile area to a secure location.
  • n. A removal of a tooth from its socket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of extracting, or drawing out.
  • n. Derivation from a stock or family; lineage; descent; birth; the stock from which one has descended.
  • n. That which is extracted; extract; essence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of extracting.
  • n. The operation of drawing anything from a substance, as an essence, tincture, or the like.
  • n. The act of taking out or copying a part, as a passage from a book.
  • n. In arithmetic and algebra, the rule or operation of finding the root of a given number or quantity. See root.
  • n. That which is extracted; extract; essence.
  • n. Descent; lineage; birth; derivation of persons from a stock or family.
  • n. The production of segregated descendants by Mendelian hybrids.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the action of taking out something (especially using effort or force)
  • n. the process of obtaining something from a mixture or compound by chemical or physical or mechanical means
  • n. properties attributable to your ancestry


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  • Eastern Quebec, being largely Norman in extraction, is also the home of ballads; while we fail to detect more than a small number in the Montreal districts, where the settlers were more predominantly from the Loire River to the south.

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  • The step, who's contents have been hidden in order to keep the example short, would use the p: http-request step to submit a request to a term extraction service.

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  • I hope Foxman understands that we have higher priorities than Israel now: rescuing our capitalist system, fixing our healthcare, Iranian nuclear ambitions, Pakistan as a focus of terror war, extraction from the Iraq quagmire, etc.

    Matthew Yglesias » Foxman: Mitchell is “Fair” and I’m Unhappy About It

  • Clearance of drugs with a low rate of hepatic extraction is especially dependent on the rate of liver metabolism. 7 Drugs which have low intrinsic clearance rates will have a corresponding decrease in metabolism with decreased hepatic function. 7 Clearance of drugs with a high rate of hepatic extraction will be mostly dependent on the rate of hepatic blood flow. 7 This can be diminished, as mentioned earlier, making these drugs more bioavailable.


  • Aside from the usual habitat destruction involved in extraction processes, aluminum production threatens your children in several ways: the climate change footprint is enormous, starting with the gases released in the process itself.

    J Henry Fair: Hungarian Bauxite

  • Even in the height of the spill response, much of the extraction from the satellite data was done manually, McDonald said.

    Presidential Oil Spill Commission Hears Calls for Stronger Response Plan

  • Similarly, technological advances in extraction methods might help keep the price down, but Walker is correct that this is hard to predict.

    The Future of Oil, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • To unsigned poster: Thanks for the comments regarding the difficulty in extraction encountered so long ago (bear in mind that the wimpy, weak, barely visible Remington extractor managed to pull the case with no problem and no claw, I'm not even a Remington fan).

    An Unequal Progress in Accuracy

  • Despite the apparent severity of the crash, Freeman was said to be conscious during his extraction from the vehicle, apparently joking with rescue workers and looky-loos trying to snap photos – he reportedly joked with an invasive photographer, saying "no freebies, no freebies."

    Morgan Freeman Involved in Car Crash - Serious But Stable «

  • November 2006 - Instruments are retrieved; possibility for additional data extraction is considered; “incident” occurs; additional possibility is lost; data are jeopardized; chaos ensues.

    Project pre-doc post-doc: The real story


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