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English Dictionary: extraction by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the process of obtaining something from a mixture or compound by chemical or physical or mechanical means
  2. properties attributable to your ancestry; "he comes from good origins"
    Synonym(s): origin, descent, extraction
  3. the action of taking out something (especially using effort or force); "the dentist gave her a local anesthetic prior to the extraction"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Extraction \Ex*trac"tion\, n. [Cf. F. extraction.]
      1. 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. Derivation from a stock or family; lineage; descent;
            birth; the stock from which one has descended. [bd]A
            family of ancient extraction.[b8] --Clarendon.
      3. That which is extracted; extract; essence.
                     They [books] do preserve as in a vial the purest
                     efficacy and extraction of that living intellect
                     that bred them.                                 --Milton.
      {The extraction of roots}. (Math.)
            (a) The operation of finding the root of a given number or
            (b) The method or rule by which the operation is
                  performed; evolution.
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