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A part of a writing. In general this is not evidence, because the whole of the writing may explain the part extracted, so as to give it a different sense; but sometimes extracts from public books are evidence, as the extracts from the registers of births, marriages and burials, kept according to law, when the whole of the matter has been extracted which relates to the cause or matter in issue.


 - vb. 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. To withdraw by expression, distillation, or other mechanical or chemical process; as, to extract an essence. To take by selection; to choose out; to cite or quote, as a passage from a book. To extract the root (Math.), to ascertain the root of a number or quantity.


 - n. That which is extracted or drawn out. A portion of a book or document, separately transcribed; a citation; a quotation. A decoction, solution, or infusion made by drawing out from any substance ...

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