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  2  definitions  found 
 
  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.  ``A  family 
  of  ancient  extraction.''  --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 
  quantity. 
  b  The  method  or  rule  by  which  the  operation  is 
  performed;  evolution. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  extraction 
  n  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"  [syn:  {origin},  {descent}] 
  3:  the  act  of  extracting  something  [syn:  {abstraction}] 




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