[ dek-uh-ting ]
/ ˈdɛk ə tɪŋ /


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