[dee-kal, dih-kal]
a specially prepared paper bearing a picture or design for transfer to wood, metal, glass, etc.
the picture or design itself.
verb (used with object), decaled or decalled, decaling or decalling.
to apply decals on.

1950–55; shortened form of decalcomania Unabridged
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decal (dɪˈkæl, ˈdiːkæl)
1.  short for decalcomania
2.  to transfer (a design) by decalcomania

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Word Origin & History

1937 shortening of decalcomania, from Fr. decalcomanie, from decalquer, "transferring of a tracing from specially prepared paper to glass, porcelain, etc." (in vogue in France 1840s, England 1862-64), from de- "off" + calquer "to press," from It. calcare, from L. calcare "to tread on, press."
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design that is printed on specially prepared paper to form a film that can be transferred to any surface. Such films are widely used for decorating and labeling any objects that cannot be run through a press

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Example sentences
The decal versions might also be useful in an office on campus.
Much of the tutorial covers printing onto decal film.
The surface of the decal is a crude computer display which then replicates
  these colours and patterns.
Wires are duct-taped to the back and a bar-code decal applied.
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