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EXTRACT', verb transitive [Latin extractus, from extraho; ex and traho, to draw.]

1. To draw out; as, to extract a tooth.

2. To draw out, as the juices or essence of a substance, by distillation, solution or other means; as, to extract spirit from the juice of the cane; to extract salts from ashes.

3. To take out; to take from.

Woman is her name, of man


4. To take out or select a part; to take a passage or passages from a book or writing.

I have extracted from the pamphlet a few notorious falsehoods.

5. In a general sense, to draw from by any means or operation.

EX'TRACT, noun That which is extracted or drawn from something.

1. In literature, a passage taken from a book or writing.

2. In pharmacy, any thing drawn from a substance, as essences, tinctures, etc.; or a solution of the purer parts of a mixed body inspissated by distillation or evaporation, nearly to the consistence of honey.

Any substance obtained by digesting vegetable substances in water, and evaporating them to a solid consistence.

3. In chimistry, a peculiar principle, supposed to form the basis of all vegetable extracts; called also the extractive principle.

4. Extraction; descent. [Not now used.]