transitive verb Etymology: New Latin decantare, from Latin de- + Medieval Latin cantus edge, from Latin, iron ring round a wheel — more at cant Date: 1633 1. to draw off (a liquid) without disturbing the sediment or the lower liquid layers 2. to pour from one vessel into another 3. to pour out, transfer, or unload as if by pouring • decantation noun

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decant — index outpour Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • decant — 1630s, pour off the clear liquid from a solution by gently tipping the vessel, originally an alchemical term, from Fr. décanter, perhaps from M.L. decanthare to pour from the edge of a vessel, from de + M.L. canthus corner, lip of a jug, from L.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • decant — ► VERB 1) pour from one container into another to separate liquid from sediment. 2) informal transfer (passengers) to another place. ORIGIN Latin decanthare, from canthus edge, rim …   English terms dictionary

  • decant — [dē kant′, dikant′] vt. [Fr décanter < ML decanthare < L de , from + cant(h)us: see CANT2] 1. to pour off (a liquid, as wine) gently without stirring up the sediment 2. to pour from one container into another decantation [dē΄kan tā′shən] n …   English World dictionary

  • decant — de|cant [dıˈkænt] v [T] [Date: 1600 1700; : Medieval Latin; Origin: decantare, from Latin cantus lip of a pouring container ] to pour liquid, especially wine, from one container into another decant sth into sth ▪ Never decant cleaning products… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • decant — [[t]dɪkæ̱nt[/t]] decants, decanting, decanted VERB If you decant a liquid into another container, you put it into another container. [FORMAL] [V n into n] She always used to decant the milk into a jug... [be V ed] Vintage ports must be decanted… …   English dictionary

  • decant — UK [dɪˈkænt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms decant : present tense I/you/we/they decant he/she/it decants present participle decanting past tense decanted past participle decanted 1) to pour wine out of one container and into another so that… …   English dictionary

  • decant — verb /dəˈkænt/ a) 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. b) To remove a clone from its chamber, vat, or artificial womb …   Wiktionary

  • decant — [17] The word decant depends on a metaphorical connection perceived in the ancient world between the ‘corner of someone’s eye’ (Greek kānthos) and the ‘lip of a jug’. On the basis of this, Latin acquired the word canthus ‘lip of a jug’. From this …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • decant —    to urinate    Literally, to pour liquid from one container into another:     Just going to decant (and the awful phrases they come up with). (Barnes, 1991) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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