- 1Irrelevant or unrelated to the subject being dealt with: one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous materialMore example sentences
- In the present case, the admittedly extraneous and irrelevant material is of a kind which has always attracted the law's anxious scrutiny.
- At the end of his speech Lord Hailsham dealt with two extraneous matters which he found to be irrelevant.
- Maybe after elections, when the passions will cool down the whole issue would be considered on its merits and demerits without bringing in extraneous and irrelevant issues.
- 1.1Of external origin: when the transmitter pack is turned off, no extraneous noise is heardMore example sentences
- Asked if he was paying attention to extraneous noises, he said: ‘No.’
- The use of the orchestra now seems relatively conventional - no tam tams, marimbas, electric guitars or any of the other extraneous noises that are so popular with the contemporary gang.
- ‘It is absent of any extraneous noises or acts that we would not associate with a normal aviation environment,’ Black said.
- 1.2Separate from the object to which it is attached: other insects attach extraneous objects or material to themselvesMore example sentences
- To aid in the interpretation of mutant phenotypes, we subjected several of the various stl mutant chromosomes to recombination to remove unrelated extraneous mutations in linked genes.
- Who knows what children born of such techniques may have floating around as extraneous genetic or viral material?
- To create a cocoa powder, processors first must clean the beans well, removing all extraneous material.
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- It was only on her final day on the job on Law & Order last January that Assistant District Attorney Serena Southerlyn revealed, somewhat extraneously, that she was a lesbian.
- Now, would that not argue that of their nature suppression orders are interlocutory because circumstances can change and information can get out extraneously - especially in the age of the Internet.
- The guests of the banquet sway extraneously from portrayals as parasites, wild, carnivorous beasts and ravenous dogs to spoilt brats at a kids' party to well mannered socialites.
mid 17th century: from Latin extraneus + -ous.