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Definition of extract:

  1. A decoction, solution, or infusion made by drawing out from any substance that which gives it its essential and characteristic virtue; essence; as, extract of beef; extract of dandelion; also, any substance so extracted, and characteristic of that from which it is obtained; as, quinine is the most important extract of Peruvian bark.
  2. A draught or copy of writing; certified copy of the proceedings in an action and the judgement therein, with an order for execution.
  3. A peculiar principle once erroneously supposed to form the basis of all vegetable extracts; - called also the extractive principle.
  4. A portion of a book or document, separately transcribed; a citation; a quotation.
  5. A solid preparation obtained by evaporating a solution of a drug, etc., or the fresh juice of a plant; - distinguished from an abstract. See Abstract, n., 4.
  6. Extraction; descent.
  7. That which is extracted or drawn out.
  8. To draw out or forth; to pull out; to remove forcibly from a fixed position, as by traction or suction, etc.; as, to extract a tooth from its socket, a stump from the earth, a splinter from the finger.
  9. To take by selection; to choose out; to cite or quote, as a passage from a book.
  10. To withdraw by expression, distillation, or other mechanical or chemical process; as, to extract an essence. Cf. Abstract, v. t., 6.


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