[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
The air-conditioner does not protrude into the alley.
They are large-bodied and display a mouthful of sharp teeth that protrude in
  all directions, even when the mouth is shut.
Samantha's face and paws protrude from the cutout door.
Scrub the mussels, and use a paring knife to remove any beards that protrude
  from the shells.
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