Webster's Dictionary, 1913
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.
[ 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
to cut, cut off; probably akin to English shed
, v.: confer French décider
. Confer Decision
.] 1. To cut off; to separate.
Our seat denies us traffic here; 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.
The sea, too near, decides us from the rest.
So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it. 1 Kings xx. 40.
The quarrel toucheth none but us alone; Shak.
Betwixt ourselves let us decide it then.
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.
. 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
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
"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.
[ 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.]
[ Latin deciduus
, from dec...dere
to fall off; de-
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 36Â°.
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.
[ 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.
[ 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 16Â°.
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-
. 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.
You are both deciphered , . . . 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.
[ Latin decipiens
, present participle of decipere
. See Deceive
.] State of being deceived; hallucination.
[ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
[ 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 .
[ Latin decisio
, from decīdere
: 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.
. 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
[ 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.
, irrevocable doom." Bates.
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
[ Confer French décisoire
. See Decision
.] Able to decide or determine; having a tendency to decide.
[ 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.
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.