Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Decocture noun A decoction. [ R.]
Decoherer noun [ Prefix de- + coherer .] (Electricity) A device for restoring a coherer to its normal condition after it has been affected by an electric wave, a process usually accomplished by some method of tapping or shaking, or by rotation of the coherer.
Decollate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Decollated
; present participle & verbal noun Decollating
.] [ Latin decollatus
, past participle of decollare
to behead; de-
neck.] To sever from the neck; to behead; to decapitate.
The decollated head of St. John the Baptist. Burke.
Decollated adjective (Zoology) Decapitated; worn or cast off in the process of growth, as the apex of certain univalve shells.
Decollation noun [ Latin decollatio : confer French décollation .]
1. The act of beheading or state of one beheaded; -- especially used of the execution of St. John the Baptist. 2. A painting representing the beheading of a saint or martyr, esp. of St. John the Baptist.
[ French See Décolleté
.] (Costume) The upper border or part of a décolleté corsage.
Décolleté adjective [ French, past participle of décolleter to bare the neck and shoulders; dé- + collet collar, from Latin collum neck.] Leaving the neck and shoulders uncovered; cut low in the neck, or low-necked, as a dress.
Décolleté (da`kŏl`l e *ta") adjective Wearing a décolleté gown.
Decolling noun Beheading.
By a speedy dethroning and decolling of the king. Parliamentary History (1648).
Decolor transitive verb
[ Confer French décolorer
, Latin decolorare
. Confer Discolor
.] To deprive of color; to bleach.
Decolorant noun [ Confer French décolorant , present participle] A substance which removes color, or bleaches.
Decolorate adjective [ Latin decoloratus , past participle of decolorare .] Deprived of color.
Decolorate transitive verb To decolor.
Decoloration noun [ Latin decoloratio : confer French décoloration .] The removal or absence of color. Ferrand.
Decolorize transitive verb To deprive of color; to whiten. Turner. -- De*col`or*i*za"tion noun
Decomplex adjective [ Prefix de- (intens.) + complex .] Repeatedly compound; made up of complex constituents.
Decomposable adjective Capable of being resolved into constituent elements.
Decompose transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Decomposed
; present participle & verbal noun Decomposing
.] [ Confer French décomposer
. Confer Discompose
.] To separate the constituent parts of; to resolve into original elements; to set free from previously existing forms of chemical combination; to bring to dissolution; to rot or decay.
Decompose intransitive verb To become resolved or returned from existing combinations; to undergo dissolution; to decay; to rot.
Decomposed adjective (Zoology) Separated or broken up; -- said of the crest of birds when the feathers are divergent.
[ Prefix de-
(intens.) + composite
.] 1. Compounded more than once; compounded with things already composite. 2. (Botany) See Decompound , adjective , 2.
Decomposite noun Anything decompounded.
Decomposites of three metals or more. Bacon.
[ Prefix de-
(in sense 3 intensive) + composition
: confer French décomposition
. Confer Decomposition
.] 1. The act or process of resolving the constituent parts of a compound body or substance into its elementary parts; separation into constituent part; analysis; the decay or dissolution consequent on the removal or alteration of some of the ingredients of a compound; disintegration; as, the decomposition of wood, rocks, etc. 2. The state of being reduced into original elements. 3. Repeated composition; a combination of compounds.
[ Obsolete] Decomposition of forces
. Same as Resolution of forces , under Resolution .
-- Decomposition of light
, the division of light into the prismatic colors.
Decompound transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Decompounded
; present participle & verbal noun Decompounding
.] [ Prefix de-
(intens. in sense 1) + compound
, transitive verb ] 1. To compound or mix with that is already compound; to compound a second time. 2. To reduce to constituent parts; to decompose.
It divides and decompounds objects into . . . parts. Hazlitt.
Decompound adjective [ Prefix de- (intens.) + compound , adjective ]
1. Compound of what is already compounded; compounded a second time. 2. (Botany) Several times compounded or divided, as a leaf or stem; decomposite.
Decompound noun A decomposite.
Decompoundable adjective Capable of being decompounded.
Deconcentrate transitive verb To withdraw from concentration; to decentralize. [ R.]
Deconcentration noun Act of deconcentrating. [ R.]
Deconcoct transitive verb To decompose. [ R.] Fuller.
Deconsecrate transitive verb To deprive of sacredness; to secularize. -- De*con`se*cra"tion noun
[ Latin decoramentum
. See Decorate
, transitive verb
[ Obsolete] Bailey.
(dck"o*rāt) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Decorated
(dck"o*rā`tĕd); present participle & verbal noun Decorating
(-rā`tĭng).] [ Latin decoratus
, past participle of decorare
, from decus
ornament; akin to decere
to be becoming. See Decent
.] To deck with that which is becoming, ornamental, or honorary; to adorn; to beautify; to embellish; as, to decorate the person; to decorate an edifice; to decorate a lawn with flowers; to decorate the mind with moral beauties; to decorate a hero with honors.
Her fat neck was ornamented with jewels, rich bracelets decorated her arms. Thackeray. Syn.
-- To adorn; embellish; ornament; beautify; grace. See Adorn
. Decorated style (Architecture)
, a name given by some writers to the perfected English Gothic architecture; it may be considered as having flourished from about adjective d . 1300 to adjective d . 1375.
[ Late Latin decoratio
: confer French décoration
.] 1. The act of adorning, embellishing, or honoring; ornamentation. 2. That which adorns, enriches, or beautifies; something added by way of embellishment; ornament.
The hall was celebrated for . . . the richness of its decoration . Motley. 3. Specifically, any mark of honor to be worn upon the person, as a medal, cross, or ribbon of an order of knighthood, bestowed for services in war, great achievements in literature, art, etc. Decoration Day
, a day, May 30, appointed for decorating with flowers the graves of the Union soldiers and sailors, who fell in the Civil War in the United States; Memorial Day.
Decorative (dĕk"o*rȧ*tĭv or -ra*tĭv) adjective [ Confer French décoratif .] Suited to decorate or embellish; adorning. -- Dec"o*ra*tive*ness , noun Decorative art , fine art which has for its end ornamentation, rather than the representation of objects or events.
Decorator (-rā"tẽr) noun [ Confer French décorateur .] One who decorates, adorns, or embellishes; specifically, an artisan whose business is the decoration of houses, esp. their interior decoration.
Decore transitive verb
[ Confer French décorer
. See Decorate
.] To decorate; to beautify.
To decore and beautify the house of God. E. Hall.
Decorement noun Ornament. [ Obsolete]
[ Latin decōrus
, from decor
comeliness, beauty; akin to decere
. See Decent
, and confer Decorum
.] Suitable to a character, or to the time, place, and occasion; marked with decorum; becoming; proper; seemly; befitting; as, a decorous speech; decorous behavior; a decorous dress for a judge.
A decorous pretext the war. Motley.
Decorticate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Decorticated
; present participle & verbal noun Decorticating
.] [ Latin decorticatus
, past participle of decorticare
to bark; de-
bark.] To divest of the bark, husk, or exterior coating; to husk; to peel; to hull.
"Great barley dried and decorticated
Decortication noun [ Latin decorticatio : confer French décortication .] The act of stripping off the bark, rind, hull, or outer coat.
Decorticator noun A machine for decorticating wood, hulling grain, etc.; also, an instrument for removing surplus bark or moss from fruit trees.
[ Latin decōrum
, from decōrus
. See Decorous
.] Propriety of manner or conduct; grace arising from suitableness of speech and behavior to one's own character, or to the place and occasion; decency of conduct; seemliness; that which is seemly or suitable.
Negligent of the duties and decorums of his station. Hallam.
If your master Shak. Syn.
Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him,
That majesty, to keep decorum , must
No less beg than a kingdom.
, in accordance with its etymology, is that which is becoming
in outward act or appearance; as, the decorum
of a public assembly. Dignity
springs from an inward elevation of soul producing a corresponding effect on the manners; as, dignity
of personal appearance.
(de*koi") transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Decoyed
; present participle & verbal noun Decoying
.] [ Prefix de-
; orig., to quiet, soothe, caress, entice. See Coy
.] To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap; to insnare; to allure; to entice; as, to decoy troops into an ambush; to decoy ducks into a net.
Did to a lonely cot his steps decoy . Thomson.
E'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy , Goldsmith. Syn.
The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy.
-- To entice; tempt; allure; lure. See Allure
1. Anything intended to lead into a snare; a lure that deceives and misleads into danger, or into the power of an enemy; a bait. 2. A fowl, or the likeness of one, used by sportsmen to entice other fowl into a net or within shot. 3. A place into which wild fowl, esp. ducks, are enticed in order to take or shoot them. 4. A person employed by officers of justice, or parties exposed to injury, to induce a suspected person to commit an offense under circumstances that will lead to his detection.
Decoy-duck noun A duck used to lure wild ducks into a decoy; hence, a person employed to lure others into danger. Beau. & Fl.
; plural Decoy-men A man employed in decoying wild fowl.
Decoyer noun One who decoys another.