Decoy
Decoy De*coy", n. 1. Anything intended to lead into a snare; a lure that deceives and misleads into danger, or into the power of an enemy; a bait. [1913 Webster]

2. A fowl, or the likeness of one, used by sportsmen to entice other fowl into a net or within shot. [1913 Webster]

3. A place into which wild fowl, esp. ducks, are enticed in order to take or shoot them. [1913 Webster]

4. A person employed by officers of justice, or parties exposed to injury, to induce a suspected person to commit an offense under circumstances that will lead to his detection. [1913 Webster]


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  • Decoy — De*coy (d[ e]*koi ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decoyed} ( koid ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Decoying}.] [Pref. de + coy; orig., to quiet, soothe, caress, entice. See {Coy}.] To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap; to insnare;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Decoy — bezeichnet ein Jazzalbums vom Miles Davis, siehe Decoy (Miles Davis) einen US kanadischen Actionfilms (1995), siehe Decoy – Tödlicher Auftrag den Originaltitel des US amerikanischen Film noir Blonder Lockvogel (1946) den Originaltitel eines… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Decoy — Album par Miles Davis Sortie 1984 Genre jazz Label Columbia Critique Allmusic …   Wikipédia en Français

  • decoy — ► NOUN 1) a bird or mammal, or an imitation of one, used by hunters to lure game. 2) a person or thing used to mislead or lure someone into a trap. 3) a pond from which narrow netted channels lead, into which wild duck may be enticed for capture …   English terms dictionary

  • decoy — 1610s,perhaps from Du. kooi cage, used of a pond surrounded by nets, into which wildfowl were lured for capture, from W.Gmc. *kaiwa, from L. cavea cage. The first element is possibly the Dutch definite article de, mistaken in English as part of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • decoy — n *lure, bait, snare, trap decoy vb *lure, entice, inveigle, tempt, seduce Analogous words: snare, ensnare, trap, entrap, capture, *catch, bag: beguile, delude, *deceive, mislead …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • decoy — [n] bait, trap allurement, attraction, beard*, blind, blow off*, booster, camouflage, catch, chicane, chicanery, come on, deception, drawing card, ensnarement, enticement, facade, fake, front, imitation, inducement, inveiglement, lure, nark,… …   New thesaurus

  • decoy — [dē koi′, dikoi; ] for n., usually [ dē′koi΄] n. [< Du de kooi, the cage < de, def. art. (akin to THE) + kooi, cage < WGmc * kawia < L cavea, CAGE] 1. a place into which wild ducks, etc. are lured for capture 2. an artificial bird or… …   English World dictionary

  • decoy — I noun allure, allurement, ambush, attraction, bait, blind, camouflage, deception, disguise, diversion, enticement, imitation, inducement, inlex, inveiglement, misleader, simulation, trap, trick associated concepts: entrapment II index bait ( …   Law dictionary

  • decoy — UK US /ˈdiːkɔɪ/ noun [C] MARKETING ► a name that is placed on a company s mailing list (= list of names and addresses of people to whom advertising is sent) in order to check if the list is being used without the owner s permission …   Financial and business terms

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