What is extract?

  • (verb): Draw or pull out, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense.
    Example: "Extract a bad tooth"; "extract information from the telegram"
    Synonyms: pull out, pull, pull up, take out, draw out
    See also — Additional definitions below


An extract is a substance made by extracting a part of a raw material, often by using a solvent such as ethanol or water. Extracts may be sold as tinctures or in powder form.

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Extract - Chemical-created Essence
... factors in the production of artificial banana and pineapple extract, and also important in the manufacture of strawberry extract, are amyl acetate and amyl butyrate, amyl ... Artificial extracts generally do not possess the delicacy of natural fruit flavor, but usually get close enough to provide real service and convenience when true essences are unobtainable or too expensive ...
Lehtimaja - Extract
... My heart is pounding with happy loving Oh my land, I love the look of you so.". ...
Atmospherics (album) - Track Notes
... Track 3 is a remixed extract of "16 Second Swarm" from II Track 4 appears on III as "Grammatic Fog" Track 5 is a remixed extract of track 2 ("Drugged") from I Track 7 is an extended remixed ...

More definitions of "extract":

  • (verb): Calculate the root of a number.
  • (verb): Take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy.
    Synonyms: excerpt, take out
  • (verb): Get despite difficulties or obstacles.
    Example: "I extracted a promise from the Dean for two ne positions"
  • (noun): A solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance (usually in water).
    Synonyms: infusion
  • (verb): Obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action.
    Synonyms: press out, express
  • (verb): Extract by the process of distillation.
    Synonyms: distill, distil
  • (verb): Separate (a metal) from an ore.

Famous quotes containing the word extract:

    Mathematics may be compared to a mill of exquisite workmanship, which grinds your stuff of any degree of fineness; but nevertheless, what you get out depends upon what you put in; and as the grandest mill in the world will not extract wheat- flour from peascods, so pages of formulae will not get a definite result out of loose data.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–95)

    Beautiful women seldom want to act. They are afraid of emotion and they do not try to extract anything from a character that they are portraying, because in expressing emotion they may encourage crow’s feet and laughing wrinkles. They avoid anything that will disturb their placidity of countenance, for placidity of countenance insures a smooth skin.
    Laurette Taylor (1887–1946)

    I’ve never been convinced that experience is linear, circular, or even random. It just is. I try to put it in some kind of order to extract meaning from it, to bring meaning to it.
    Toni Cade Bambara (b. 1939)