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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
de•cant /dɪˈkænt/USA pronunciation
v. [ ~ + obj]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to pour (a liquid) from one container to another, often slowly and carefully.
(di kant′), v.t.
- to pour (wine or other liquid) gently so as not to disturb the sediment.
- to pour (a liquid) from one container to another.
Etymology:1625–35; Medieval Latin dēcanthāre, equivalent. to Latin dē- de- + Medieval Latin canth(us) spout, rim of a vessel (Latin: iron band round a wheel Greek kánthos corner of the eye, tire) + -āre infinitive suffix
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
decant /dɪˈkænt/ vb
Etymology: 17th Century: from Medieval Latin dēcanthāre, from canthus spout, rim; see canthus
- to pour (a liquid, such as wine) from one container to another, esp without disturbing any sediment
- (transitive) to rehouse (people) while their homes are being rebuilt or refurbished
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