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

decantation [dee-kan-tey-shuhn] , noun Unabridged
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decant (dɪˈkænt)
1.  to pour (a liquid, such as wine) from one container to another, esp without disturbing any sediment
2.  (tr) to rehouse (people) while their homes are being rebuilt or refurbished
[C17: from Medieval Latin dēcanthāre, from canthus spout, rim; see canthus]

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Word Origin & History

1630s, "pour off the clear liquid from a solution by gently tipping the vessel," originally an alchemical term, from Fr. decanter, from M.L. decanthare, from canthus "corner, lip of a jug," from Gk. kanthos "corner of the eye," on a perceived resemblance between the beaked lip of a jug and the corner
of the eye.
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Example sentences
One configuration included dewatering by filtration, decanting and evaporation.
Wash the resulting suspension by centrifuging, decanting, and adding deionized water.
The second configuration did not include drainage and decanting and tested dewatering by evaporation only.
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