decal

[dee-kal, dih-kal]
noun
1.
a specially prepared paper bearing a picture or design for transfer to wood, metal, glass, etc.
2.
the picture or design itself.
verb (used with object), decaled or decalled, decaling or decalling.
3.
to apply decals on.

Origin:
1950–55; shortened form of decalcomania

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decal (dɪˈkæl, ˈdiːkæl)
 
n
1.  short for decalcomania
 
vb
2.  to transfer (a design) by decalcomania

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decal
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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Abbreviations & Acronyms
decal
decalcomania
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decal

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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