[ dih-kant ]
/ dɪˈkænt /
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verb (used with object)
to pour (wine or other liquid) gently so as not to disturb the sediment.
to pour (a liquid) from one container to another.
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Origin of decant
1625–35; <Medieval Latin dēcanthāre, equivalent to Latin dē-de- + Medieval Latin canth(us) spout, rim of a vessel (Latin: iron band round a wheel <Greek kánthos corner of the eye, tire) + -āre infinitive suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM decantde·can·ta·tion [dee-kan-tey-shuhn], /ˌdi kænˈteɪ ʃən/, noun
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How to use decant in a sentence
Humans also have to “decant” items that are delivered to the warehouse from suppliers and feed them into the hive.British online grocer Ocado, known for its automated warehouses, acquires two U.S. robotics companies|Jeremy Kahn|November 2, 2020|Fortune
It is then decanted and filtered, left six days at rest, and again decanted (if necessary).On Laboratory Arts|Richard Threlfall
The fat is then remelted, decanted, and poured into tins or glass jars.
The bees'-wax is then decanted into a receiver, and is ready for use.The Art of Perfumery|G. W. Septimus Piesse
The precipitate should be allowed to settle, and the clear liquid decanted on the filter with the aid of a glass rod if necessary.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
The liquor is carefully decanted into a clean beaker and is then thrown into a jar marked "waste silver."A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
British Dictionary definitions for decant
/ (dɪˈkænt) /
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 for decant
C17: from Medieval Latin dēcanthāre, from canthus spout, rim; see canthus
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