- 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 decanting
Prices for Venezuelan crude soared, decanting some $800 billion into the Bolivarian war chest over the next 13 years.After the Presidential Election, a Tough Road for Hugo Chávez
October 9, 2012
It is but decanting their feelings into another vessel, and they love it themselves!The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
Besides, you can only make children in the Decanting Centers.World Without War
E. G. von Wald
Neither claret nor Burgundy is good the second day after decanting.The Century Cook Book
We judged then that it must either be lost in decanting or remain in the first bottle.Inventors
Philip Gengembre Hubert
By repeated washing with water and decanting a sufficient amount of the crystals was obtained for examination.
- 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 decanting
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.