- 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 decanted
What remains in the liquid to be decanted is mostly glass mud and not emery at all.On Laboratory Arts
Less'n a minute and a half by the clock she'd been in there, but she certainly had decanted the beans.Torchy As A Pa
This will dissolve out most of the chloride, and should be decanted off.
This, in its turn, after the oxide has been well stirred, should be decanted off.
Cartesianism was too strong a wine to be decanted into old bottles.The Idea of Progress
J. B. Bury
- 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 decanted
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.