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
COOPER: But using the word extricate, does that mean that you think U.S. troops should be out?
However, we had the pleasure of seeing everything safe at camp in the evening, except three or four of our poorest horses, which being unable to extricate from the snow, we were obliged to abandon to their fate.
Hillary Clinton said Sunday that 'President Bush has made a mess of Iraq and it is his responsibility to' extricate 'the United States from the situation before he leaves office,' reports the AP.
Princeiso said a royal peace and development programme was planned to reach out to traditional chiefs, "extricate" them from politics, and allow people displaced by violence to return to their communities.
It is difficult to "extricate" the meaning of lines 19-25, but, perhaps, they are intended to convey a hope of immortality.
William John Davis today told the District Court he had turned his life around, kicked his drug habit and begun to "extricate" himself from the outlaw club.
The original story was the wife used the golf club to smash the window to "extricate" Woods from the car?
Neither revenue increases nor spending cuts alone could extricate us from this deficit crisis.
And if you do extricate yourself for a few moments from all devices luminous, does your shoulder devil soon whisper you back to a screen?
It took me a good 5 minutes to extricate that buck from that heap of dead branches and thorns.