Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Decharm transitive verb [ Confer French décharmer . See Charm .] To free from a charm; to disenchant.

Dechristianize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Dechristianized ; present participle & verbal noun Dechristianizing .] To turn from, or divest of, Christianity.

Deciare noun [ French déciare ; prefix déci- tenth (fr. Latin decimus ) + are . See 2d Are .] (Metric System) A measure of area, the tenth part of an are; ten square meters.

Decidable adjective Capable of being decided; determinable.

Decide transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Decided ; present participle & verbal noun Deciding .] [ Latin decīdere ; de- + caedere to cut, cut off; probably akin to English shed , v.: confer French décider . Confer Decision .]
1. To cut off; to separate. [ Obsolete]

Our seat denies us traffic here;
The sea, too near, decides us from the rest.
Fuller.

2. To bring to a termination, as a question, controversy, struggle, by giving the victory to one side or party; to render judgment concerning; to determine; to settle.

So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it.
1 Kings xx. 40.

The quarrel toucheth none but us alone;
Betwixt ourselves let us decide it then.
Shak.

Decide intransitive verb To determine; to form a definite opinion; to come to a conclusion; to give decision; as, the court decided in favor of the defendant.

Who shall decide , when doctors disagree?
Pope.

Decided adjective
1. Free from ambiguity; unequivocal; unmistakable; unquestionable; clear; evident; as, a decided advantage. "A more decided taste for science." Prescott.

2. Free from doubt or wavering; determined; of fixed purpose; fully settled; positive; resolute; as, a decided opinion or purpose.

Syn. -- Decided , Decisive . We call a thing decisive when it has the power or quality of deciding; as, a decisive battle; we speak of it as decided when it is so fully settled as to leave no room for doubt; as, a decided preference, a decided aversion. Hence, a decided victory is one about which there is no question; a decisive victory is one which ends the contest. Decisive is applied only to things; as, a decisive sentence, a decisive decree, a decisive judgment. Decided is applied equally to persons and things. Thus we speak of a man as decided in his whole of conduct; and as having a decided disgust, or a decided reluctance, to certain measures. "A politic caution, a guarded circumspection, were among the ruling principles of our forefathers in their most decided conduct." Burke. "The sentences of superior judges are final, decisive , and irrevocable. Blackstone.

Decidedly adverb In a decided manner; indisputably; clearly; thoroughly.

Decidement noun Means of forming a decision. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.

Decidence noun [ Latin decidens falling off.] A falling off. [ R.] Sir T. Browne.

Decider noun One who decides.

Decidua noun [ New Latin , from Latin deciduus . See Deciduous .] (Anat.) The inner layer of the wall of the uterus, which envelops the embryo, forms a part of the placenta, and is discharged with it.

Deciduata noun plural [ New Latin ] (Zoology) A group of Mammalia in which a decidua is thrown off with, or after, the fetus, as in the human species.

Deciduate adjective (Anat.) Possessed of, or characterized by, a decidua.

Deciduity noun Deciduousness. [ R.]

Deciduous adjective [ Latin deciduus , from dec...dere to fall off; de- + cadere to fall. See Chance .] (Biol.) Falling off, or subject to fall or be shed, at a certain season, or a certain stage or interval of growth, as leaves (except of evergreens) in autumn, or as parts of animals, such as hair, teeth, antlers, etc.; also, shedding leaves or parts at certain seasons, stages, or intervals; as, deciduous trees; the deciduous membrane.

Deciduousness noun The quality or state of being deciduous.

Decigram, Decigramme noun [ French décigramme ; prefix déci- tenth (fr. Latin decimus ) + gramme .] A weight in the metric system; one tenth of a gram, equal to 1.5432 grains avoirdupois.

Decil, Decile noun [ French décil , from Latin decem ten... confer Italian decile .] (Astrol.) An aspect or position of two planets, when they are distant from each other a tenth part of the zodiac, or 36°.

Deciliter, Decilitre noun [ French décilitre ; prefix déci- tenth (L. decimus ) + litre . See Liter .] A measure of capacity or volume in the metric system; one tenth of a liter, equal to 6.1022 cubic inches, or 3.38 fluid ounces.

Decillion noun [ Latin decem ten + the ending of million .] According to the English notation, a million involved to the tenth power, or a unit with sixty ciphers annexed; according to the French and American notation, a thousand involved to the eleventh power, or a unit with thirty-three ciphers annexed. [ See the Note under Numeration .]

Decillionth adjective Pertaining to a decillion, or to the quotient of unity divided by a decillion.

Decillionth noun (a) The quotient of unity divided by a decillion. (b) One of a decillion equal parts.

Decimal adjective [ French décimal (cf. Late Latin decimalis ), from Latin decimus tenth, from decem ten. See Ten , and confer Dime .] Of or pertaining to decimals; numbered or proceeding by tens; having a tenfold increase or decrease, each unit being ten times the unit next smaller; as, decimal notation; a decimal coinage.

Decimal arithmetic , the common arithmetic, in which numeration proceeds by tens. -- Decimal fraction , a fraction in which the denominator is some power of 10, as &frac2x10;, &fract25x100;, and is usually not expressed, but is signified by a point placed at the left hand of the numerator, as .2, .25. -- Decimal point , a dot or full stop at the left of a decimal fraction. The figures at the left of the point represent units or whole numbers, as 1.05.

Decimal noun A number expressed in the scale of tens; specifically, and almost exclusively, used as synonymous with a decimal fraction.

Circulating , or Circulatory , decimal , a decimal fraction in which the same figure, or set of figures, is constantly repeated; as, 0.354354354; - - called also recurring decimal , repeating decimal , and repetend .

Decimalism noun The system of a decimal currency, decimal weights, measures, etc.

Decimalize transitive verb To reduce to a decimal system; as, to decimalize the currency. -- Dec`i*mal*i*za"tion noun

Decimally adverb By tens; by means of decimals.

Decimate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Decimated ; present participle & verbal noun Decimating .] [ Latin decimatus , past participle of decimare to decimate (in senses 1 & 2), from decimus tenth. See Decimal .]
1. To take the tenth part of; to tithe. Johnson.

2. To select by lot and punish with death every tenth man of; as, to decimate a regiment as a punishment for mutiny. Macaulay.

3. To destroy a considerable part of; as, to decimate an army in battle; to decimate a people by disease.

Decimation noun [ Latin decimatio : confer French décimation .]
1. A tithing. [ Obsolete] State Trials (1630).

2. A selection of every tenth person by lot, as for punishment. Shak.

3. The destruction of any large proportion, as of people by pestilence or war. Milman.

Decimator noun [ Confer Late Latin decimator .] One who decimates. South.

Décime noun [ French] A French coin, the tenth part of a franc, equal to about two cents.

Decimeter, Decimetre noun [ French décimètre ; prefix déci- tenth (fr. Latin decimus ) + mètre . See Meter .] A measure of length in the metric system; one tenth of a meter, equal to 3.937 inches.

Decimosexto noun [ Prop., in sixteenth; from Latin decimus tenth + sextus sixth.] A book consisting of sheets, each of which is folded into sixteen leaves; hence, indicating, more or less definitely, a size of book; - - usually written 16mo or 16°.

Decimosexto adjective Having sixteen leaves to a sheet; as, a decimosexto form, book, leaf, size.

Decine noun [ From Latin decem ten.] (Chemistry) One of the higher hydrocarbons, C10H15, of the acetylene series; -- called also decenylene .

Decipher transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Deciphered ; present participle & verbal noun Deciphering .] [ Prefix de- + cipher . Formed in imitation of French déchiffrer . See Cipher .]
1. To translate from secret characters or ciphers into intelligible terms; as, to decipher a letter written in secret characters.

2. To find out, so as to be able to make known the meaning of; to make out or read, as words badly written or partly obliterated; to detect; to reveal; to unfold.

3. To stamp; to detect; to discover. [ R.]

You are both deciphered , . . .
For villains.
Shak.

Decipherable adjective Capable of being deciphered; as, old writings not decipherable .

Decipherer noun One who deciphers.

Decipheress noun A woman who deciphers.

Decipherment noun The act of deciphering.

Decipiency noun [ Latin decipiens , present participle of decipere . See Deceive .] State of being deceived; hallucination. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.

Decipium noun [ New Latin , from Latin decipere to deceive.] (Chemistry) A supposed rare element, said to be associated with cerium, yttrium, etc., in the mineral samarskite, and more recently called samarium . Symbol Dp. See Samarium .

Decision noun [ Latin decisio , from decīdere , decisum : confer French décision . See Decide .]
1. Cutting off; division; detachment of a part. [ Obsolete] Bp. Pearson.

2. The act of deciding; act of settling or terminating, as a controversy, by giving judgment on the matter at issue; determination, as of a question or doubt; settlement; conclusion.

The decision of some dispute.
Atterbury.

3. An account or report of a conclusion, especially of a legal adjudication or judicial determination of a question or cause; as, a decision of arbitrators; a decision of the Supreme Court.

4. The quality of being decided; prompt and fixed determination; unwavering firmness; as, to manifest great decision .

Syn. -- Decision , Determination , Resolution . Each of these words has two meanings, one implying the act of deciding, determining, or resolving; and the other a habit of mind as to doing. It is in the last sense that the words are here compared. Decision is a cutting short . It implies that several courses of action have been presented to the mind, and that the choice is now finally made. It supposes, therefore, a union of promptitude and energy. Determination is the natural consequence of decision. It is the settling of a thing with a fixed purpose to adhere. Resolution is the necessary result in a mind which is characterized by firmness. It is a spirit which scatters (resolves) all doubt, and is ready to face danger or suffering in carrying out one's determinations. Martin Luther was equally distinguished for his prompt decision , his steadfast determination , and his inflexible resolution .

Decisive adjective [ Confer French décisif . See Decision .]
1. Having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive. "A decisive , irrevocable doom." Bates. " Decisive campaign." Macaulay. " Decisive proof." Hallam.

2. Marked by promptness and decision.

A noble instance of this attribute of the decisive character.
J. Foster.

Syn. -- Decided; positive; conclusive. See Decided .

-- De*ci"sive*ly , adverb -- De*ci"sive*ness , noun

Decisory adjective [ Confer French décisoire . See Decision .] Able to decide or determine; having a tendency to decide. [ R.]

Decistere noun [ French décistère ; prefix déci- tenth (fr. Latin decimus ) + stère a stere.] (Metric System) The tenth part of the stere or cubic meter, equal to 3.531 cubic feet. See Stere .

Decitizenize transitive verb To deprive of the rights of citizenship. [ R.]

We have no law -- as the French have -- to decitizenize a citizen.
Edw. Bates.

Decivilize transitive verb To reduce from civilization to a savage state. [ R.] Blackwood's Mag.