- 1Extend beyond or above a surface: something like a fin protruded from the waterMore example sentences
- Their stems and leaves protrude above the water surface.
- Leave the finishing nails protruding slightly above surface of the wood.
- Check all joints to make sure nothing protrudes above the surface.
- 1.1 [with object] (Of an animal) cause (a body part) to do this.More example sentences
- The evolution of fish feeding systems is a history of change in multiple mechanical systems that raise the head, drop the lower jaw, expand the hyoid, and protrude the upper jaw.
- The eyes can be preserved inside or outside the carapace, which indicates that they could be protruded or withdrawn by the peduncles.
- Physical subdivision and structural alteration have been implicated in the evolution of the muscles involved in protruding the upper jaw in elasmobranchs.
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- The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons estimates around 1-2% of UK residents feel their ears are too protrusive.
- Small protrusions of the leading edge that are often balanced by corresponding retractions result in a very small protrusive force, and hence do not result in significant motility.
- Significantly, this relationship has a local maximum: too many barbed ends deplete the available monomer pool, too few are insufficient to generate protrusive force, so motility is stalled at either extreme.
Pronunciation: /-ˈtro͞osiv, -ziv/adjective
early 17th century (in the sense 'thrust (something) forward or onward'): from Latin protrudere, from pro- 'forward, out' + trudere 'to thrust'.