excerpt

[n. ek-surpt; v. ik-surpt, ek-surpt]
noun
1.
a passage or quotation taken or selected from a book, document, film, or the like; extract.
verb (used with object)
2.
to take or select (a passage) from a book, film, or the like; extract.
3.
to take or select passages from (a book, film, or the like); abridge by choosing representative sections.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin excerptus (past participle of excerpere to pick out, pluck out), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -cerp- (combining form of carpere to pluck) + -tus past participle suffix

excerpter, excerptor, noun
excerptible, adjective
excerption, noun
unexcerpted, adjective


1. selection, portion, section, part.
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excerpt
 
n
1.  a part or passage taken from a book, speech, play, etc, and considered on its own; extract
 
vb
2.  (tr) to take (a part or passage) from a book, speech, play, etc
 
[C17: from Latin excerptum, literally: (something) picked out, from excerpere to select, from carpere to pluck]
 
ex'cerptor
 
n
 
ex'cerptible
 
adj
 
ex'cerption
 
n

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Word Origin & History

excerpt
early 15c., from L. excerptus, pp. of excerpere "pluck out, excerpt," from ex- "out" + carpere "pluck, gather," from PIE *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (see harvest).

excerpt
1630s, from L. excerptum, neut. of pp. of excerpere (see excerpt (v.)). Related: excerpts.
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Example sentences
The excerpts contained in this chapter are typical of the letters which come to
  me by the thousands.
The note also contained excerpts from several of the scientists' emails.
We will be highlighting excerpts from these comments as well as soliciting the
  opinions of thoughtful outsiders.
The excerpts greatly reflect the ideology of the country from which they are
  reported.
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