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decating

[ dek-uh-ting ]
/ ˈdɛk ə tɪŋ /
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noun

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

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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
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