- to pour (wine or other liquid) gently so as not to disturb the sediment.
- to pour (a liquid) from one container to another.
Origin of decant
Examples from the Web for decantation
Dilute with a large quantity of water and wash by decantation.Detection of the Common Food Adulterants
Edwin M. Bruce
Wash, precipitate by decantation, and dissolve in nitric acid.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Heat the solution and precipitate to the boiling point, and then wash the latter by decantation and filtration.
The two solutions are mixed, this precipitate is washed eight times by decantation, collected on a filter and pressed.
By washing the powdered root quickly with it by decantation, the yellow and brown are extracted in the form of an opaque liquid.Field's Chromatography
- to pour (a liquid, such as wine) from one container to another, esp without disturbing any sediment
- (tr) to rehouse (people) while their homes are being rebuilt or refurbished
Word Origin and History for decantation
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.