verb (used with object)
- decanedioic acid,
- decanoic acid,
Origin of decant
Examples from the Web for decantation
Repeat the decantation, shaking the test-tube, closed with a rubber cork, vigorously each time.The Diatomaceae of Philadelphia and Vicinity|Charles Sumner Boyer
Dilute with a large quantity of water and wash by decantation.Detection of the Common Food Adulterants|Edwin M. Bruce
The little cotton rope at once performs the operations of decantation and filtration.
It is then washed several times by decantation with fresh water, and, lastly, with a weak solution of soda.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
The two solutions are mixed, this precipitate is washed eight times by decantation, collected on a filter and pressed.
Word Origin for decant
1630s, "pour off the clear liquid from a solution by gently tipping the vessel," originally an alchemical term, from French décanter, perhaps from Medieval Latin decanthare "to pour from the edge of a vessel," from de- + Medieval Latin canthus "corner, lip of a jug," from Latin cantus, canthus "iron rim around a carriage wheel." Related: Decanted; decanting.