What does extraction mean?

Definitions for extraction
ɪkˈstræk ʃənex·trac·tion

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word extraction.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. extractionnoun

    the process of obtaining something from a mixture or compound by chemical or physical or mechanical means

  2. origin, descent, extractionnoun

    properties attributable to your ancestry

    "he comes from good origins"

  3. extractionnoun

    the action of taking out something (especially using effort or force)

    "the dentist gave her a local anesthetic prior to the extraction"


  1. extractionnoun

    An act of extracting or the condition of being extracted.

  2. extractionnoun

    A person's origin or ancestry.

  3. extractionnoun

    Something extracted, an extract, as from a plant or an organ of an animal etc.

  4. extractionnoun

    An act of removing someone from a hostile area to a secure location.

  5. extractionnoun

    A removal of a tooth from its socket.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Extractionnoun

    Etymology: extractio, Latin.

    Although the charge of extraction should exceed the worth, at least it will discover nature and possibility. Francis Bacon.

    They have fallen upon the distillations of waters, extractions of oils, and such like experiments unknown to the ancients. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    It would not defray the charge and labour of the extraction, and must needs be all irretrievably lost. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

    One whose extraction’s from an ancient line,
    Gives hope again that well-born men may shine;
    The meanest in your nature mild and good,
    The noble rest secured in your blood. Edmund Waller.

    A family of an ancient extraction, transported with the conqueror out of Normandy. Edward Hyde.


  1. extraction

    Extraction is the process of obtaining or obtaining something, especially by effort or method, from a substance, source or environment. It often involves the separation of a substance from a matrix or mixture using physical or chemical methods. It's commonly used in various industries such as mining, oil drilling, or in food and beverage production to draw out essential components.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extractionnoun

    the act of extracting, or drawing out; as, the extraction of a tooth, of a bone or an arrow from the body, of a stump from earth, of a passage from a book, of an essence or tincture

  2. Extractionnoun

    derivation from a stock or family; lineage; descent; birth; the stock from which one has descended

  3. Extractionnoun

    that which is extracted; extract; essence

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. extraction.]


  1. Extraction

    In military tactics, extraction, is the process of removing personnel when it is considered imperative that they be immediately relocated out of a hostile environment and taken to a secure area. There are primarily two kinds of extraction: Hostile: The subject involved is unwilling and is being moved by forceful coercion with the expectation of resistance. Essentially, it is kidnapping by military or intelligence forces. Friendly: The subject involved is willing and is expected to cooperate with the personnel in the operation. An example of a hostile extraction was the capture of the German Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, by Israel's Mossad agents on May 11, 1960 and was forcibly transported to Israel for trial. An example of a friendly extraction was the joint U.S. Central Intelligence Agency-Canadian government operation to smuggle six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran in 1980 in an operation later known as the Canadian Caper.

How to pronounce extraction?

How to say extraction in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of extraction in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of extraction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of extraction in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Ang:

    If prices do continue to fall and persist for a long time ... oil rig developments could be re-evaluated if the cost for extraction continues to exceed the cost per barrel.

  2. Mark Rutte:

    I estimate the chance that we will go back up on July 1 very small, but we need to research the consequences of less gas extraction.

  3. Marussia Whately:

    If we take into account the same pattern of water extraction and rainfall that we’ve seen so far this month – and it’s been raining less than half of the average – we can say the (reserve) will last up to 60 days.

  4. Abdul Qadir Timor:

    The copper mine and its extraction are very important. But more important is our national culture, copper is a temporary source of income. Afghanistan might benefit for five or six years after mining begins, and then the resource comes to an end.

  5. Daniel Ang:

    Oil-exporting countries such as Malaysia may have diminished government revenues from falling energy prices and this could exacerbate their debt issues, if prices do continue to fall and persist for a long time ... oil rig developments could be re-evaluated if the cost for extraction continues to exceed the cost per barrel.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for extraction

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • استخلاصArabic
  • вадене, изваждане, произходBulgarian
  • trhání, původCzech
  • sukujuuri, uuttaminen, syntyperä, evakuointi, vetäminenFinnish
  • extractionFrench
  • pochodzenie, usunięcie, wydobywaniePolish
  • extracţieRomanian

Get even more translations for extraction »


Find a translation for the extraction definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"extraction." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 3 Oct. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/extraction>.

Discuss these extraction definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for extraction? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease
    • A. aculeate
    • B. foreordained
    • C. epidemic
    • D. contagious

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for extraction: