A passage or segment taken from a longer work, such as a literary or musical composition, a document, or a film.
tr.v. (ĭk-sûrpt) ex·cerpt·ed, ex·cerpt·ing, ex·cerpts
1. To select or use (a passage or segment from a longer work).
2. To select or use material from (a longer work).
[From Middle English, excerpted, from Latin excerptus, past participle of excerpere, to pick out : ex-, ex- + carpere, to pluck; see kerp- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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