a finishing process for making fabric more lustrous, for improving the tactile quality of the nap, and for setting the material to reduce shrinkage.

Nearby words

  1. decasyllabic,
  2. decasyllable,
  3. decathect,
  4. decathlete,
  5. decathlon,
  6. decatur,
  7. decatur, stephen,
  8. decatyl alcohol,
  9. decay,
  10. decay chain

Also dec·a·tiz·ing [dek-uh-tahy-zing] /ˈdɛk əˌtaɪ zɪŋ/.

Origin of decating

< French décat(ir) to sponge, remove gloss (dé- de- + catir to press, add gloss to < Vulgar Latin *coāctīre to drive together, equivalent to Latin coāct(us), past participle of coagere (co- co- + ag(ere) to drive, set in motion + -tus past participle suffix) + -īre infinitive suffix) + -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019