Decant De*cant", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decanted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Decanting}.] [F. d['e]canter (cf. It. decantare), prop., to pour off from the edge of a vessel; pref. d['e]- (L. de) + OF. cant (It. canto) edge, border, end. See {Cant} an edge.] To pour off gently, as liquor, so as not to disturb the sediment; or to pour from one vessel into another; as, to decant wine. [1913 Webster]

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