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  1. That which is extracted or drawn from something.
  2. In literature, a passage taken from a book or writing. Camden.
  3. In pharmacy, any thing drawn from a substance, as essences, tinctures, &c; or a solution of the purer parts of a mixed body inspissated by distillation or evaporation, nearly to the consistence of honey. Encyc. Quincy. Any substance obtained by digesting vegetable substances in water or alcohol, and evaporating them to a solid consistence. Brande.
  4. An inspissated, expressed or exuded juice.
  5. In chimistry; a peculiar principle supposed to form the basis of all vegetable extracts; called also the extractive principle. Brande.
  6. Extraction; descent. [Not now used.] South.

EX-TRACT', v.t. [L. extractus, from extraho; ex and traho, to draw. See Draw and Drag. Sp. extraer; It. estrarre; Fr. extraire.]

  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 / Extracted. Milton.
  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. Swift.
  5. In a general sense, to draw from by any means or operation.


Drawn or taken out.


Drawing or taking out.

EX-TRAC'TION, n. [L. extractio.]

  1. The act of drawing out; as, the extraction of a tooth; the extraction of a bone or an arrow from the body; the extraction of a fetus or child in midwifery.
  2. Descent; lineage; birth; derivation of persons from a stock or family. Hence, the stock or family from which one has descended. We say, a man is of a noble extraction
  3. In pharmacy, the operation of drawing essences, tinctures &c. from a substance. Encyc.
  4. In arithmetic and algebra, the extraction of roots is the operation of finding the root of a given number or quantity; also, the method or rule by which the operation is performed.


That may be extracted. Kirwan.


The supposed peculiar proximate principle of vegetable extracts. Parr.


In midwifery, a forceps or instrument for extracting children.

EX-TRA-DIC'TION-A-RY, a. [L. extra and dictio.]

Consisting not in words, but in realities. [Not used.] Brown.

EX-TRA-DI'TION, n. [Fr. from the L. ex and traditio, trado, to deliver.]

Delivery from one nation to another. It is particularly applied to the delivery, by one nation or state to another, of fugitives from justice, in pursuance of a treaty. It may be applied also to other cases, in pursuance of law or constitution.

EX-TRA-FO-LI-A'CEOUS, a. [L. extra, on the outside, and folium, a leaf.]

In botany, growing on the outside of leaf; as, extrafoliaceous stipules. Martyn.

EX-TRA-GE'NE-OUS, a. [L. extra and genus, kind.]

Belonging to another kind.

EX-TRA-JUDI'CIAL, a. [extra, without, and judicial.]

Out of the proper court, or the ordinary course of legal procedure. Encyc.


In a manner out of the ordinary course of legal proceedings. Ayliffe.

EX-TRA-LIM'I-TA-RY, a. [extra and limit.]

Being beyond the limits or bounds; as, extralimitary land. Mitford.

EX-TRA-MIS'SION, n. [L. extra and mitto, to send.]

A sending out; emission. Brown.

EX-TRA-MUN'DANE, a. [L. extra and mundus, the world.]

Beyond the limit of the material world. Glanville.

EX-TRA'NE-OUS, a. [L. extraneus.]

Foreign; not belonging to a thing; existing without; not intrinsic; as, to separate gold from extraneous matter. Relation is not contained in the real existence of things, but is extraneous and superinduced. Locke. Extraneous fossils, organic remains; exuviæ of organized beings, imbedded in the strata of the earth. Cyc.


Not within the limits of official duty.

EX-TRAOR'DI-NA-RIES, n. [plur.]

Things which exceed the usual order, kind or method. [Rarely used in the singular.]

EX-TRAOR'DI-NA-RI-LY, adv. [extror'dinarily. See Extraordinary.]

In a manner out of the ordinary or usual method; beyond the common course, limits or order; in an uncommon degree; remarkably; particularly; eminently. The temple of Solomon was extraordinarily magnificent. Wilkins.


Uncommonness; remarkableness.

EX-TRAOR'DI-NA-RY, a. [extror'dinary; L. extraordinarius; extra and ordinarius, usual, from ordo, order.]

  1. Beyond or out of the common order or method; not in the usual, customary or regular course; not ordinary. Extraordinary evils require extraordinary remedies.
  2. Exceeding the common degree or measure; hence, remarkable; uncommon; rare; wonderful; as, the extraordinary talents of Shakspeare; the extraordinary power of Newton; an edifice of extraordinary grandeur.
  3. Special; particular; sent for a special purpose, or on a particular occasion; as, an extraordinary courier or messenger; an embassador extraordinary; a gazette extraordinary.

EX-TRA-PA-RO'CHI-AL, a. [extra and parochial.]

Not within the limits of any parish. Blackstone.


Metaphysical. Lawrence.