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[dih-kant] /dɪˈkænt/
verb (used with object)
to pour (wine or other liquid) gently so as not to disturb the sediment.
to pour (a liquid) from one container to another.
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
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[dee-kan-tey-shuh n] /ˌdi kænˈteɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for decanted
  • We decanted to the living room carpet and had a lot more success.
  • The melted fatty acids thus rise as an oil to the surface, when they are decanted.
  • The waiter decanted the bottle by inverting it into the decanter and swirling it to speed up the bottle emptying.
  • Organics were infrequently detected in decanted water with the exceptions of toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes.
  • The sample is centrifuged, and the supernatant liquid decanted and discarded, leaving the precipitated plutonium solids.
  • If fine particles are decanted with the free water, they are separated by centrifugation and added back to the sample.
  • Spent solvent from degreasing operations was decanted and reused, and the solid portion disposed of off site.
  • The first section will contain the solid material and the second section will contain the decanted water.
  • The decanted, amalgam-free liquid can be rinsed down the drain.
  • The mud solution is decanted and the eggs are washed with clean water to remove residual mud and blood.
British Dictionary definitions for decanted


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
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin dēcanthāre, from canthus spout, rim; see canthus
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Word Origin and History for decanted



1630s, "pour off the clear liquid from a solution by gently tipping the vessel," originally an alchemical term, from French décanter, perhaps from Medieval Latin decanthare "to pour from the edge of a vessel," from de- + Medieval Latin canthus "corner, lip of a jug," from Latin cantus, canthus "iron rim around a carriage wheel." Related: Decanted; decanting.

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