[proh-trood, pruh-]
verb (used without object), protruded, protruding.
to project.
verb (used with object), protruded, protruding.
to thrust forward; cause to project.

1610–20; < Latin prōtrūdere to thrust forward, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + trūdere to thrust

protrudent, adjective
protrusible [proh-troo-suh-buhl, -zuh-, pruh-] , protrudable, adjective
nonprotruding, adjective
unprotruded, adjective
unprotrudent, adjective
unprotruding, adjective
unprotrusible, adjective

1. bulge, swell, belly. Unabridged
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protrude (prəˈtruːd)
1.  to thrust or cause to thrust forwards or outwards
2.  to project or cause to project from or as if from a surface
[C17: from Latin, from pro-² + trudere to thrust]

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Word Origin & History

1620, "to drive along, thrust forward," from L. protrudere "thrust forward," from pro- "forward" + trudere "to thrust" (see extrusion). Intransitive meaning "stick out" first recorded 1626.
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Medical Dictionary

protrude pro·trude (prō-trōōd')
v. pro·trud·ed, pro·trud·ing, pro·trudes

  1. To push or thrust outward.

  2. To jut out; project.

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Example sentences
Carpeting, bedspreads, and splinters of furniture protruded from the rubble.
The legs were gnocchi-shaped buds that barely protruded from the pelvis.
Where the engines had been removed from the wings, disheveled tubes protruded from the hollows.
They elevate and invert the lower end of the rectum after it has been protruded and everted during the expulsion of the feces.
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