v. e·ject·ed, e·ject·ing, e·jects
1. To throw out forcefully; expel: The burning house ejected yellow flames into the night sky.
a. To compel to leave: ejected the bar patron who started a fight.
b. To evict: ejected tenants for lease violations.
3. Sports To disqualify or force (a player or coach) to leave the playing area for the remainder of a game.
a. To cause a device to push (something) out: I ejected the DVD from the player using the remote control.
b. To push (something) out: The console ejected the video game.
To make an emergency exit from an aircraft by deployment of an ejection seat or capsule.
[Middle English ejecten, from Latin ēicere, ēiect- : ē-, ex-, ex- + iacere, to throw; see yē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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