• WordNet 3.6
    • n decantation the act of gently pouring off a clear liquor (as from its original bottle) without disturbing the lees
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Decantation The act of pouring off a clear liquor gently from its lees or sediment, or from one vessel into another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n decantation The act of pouring liquor gently from its lees or sediment, or from one vessel into another.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. décantation,


In literature:

They had, some time since, finished dinner, but the decanters were still on the table before them.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
A waiter with decanters of brandy and wine, and some glasses, stood upon the table.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
He said the wine was good, and he helped himself twice to the sparkling contents of the decanter.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
If not, curse me, I'll shy a decanter at his head after dinner.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
Forgive me, but I cannot dance with that silver-labelled decanter again.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, August, 1863, No. 70" by Various
Carl flung his cigar into the fire, poured himself some whiskey and pushed the decanter across the table.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
Temple unlocked a cupboard, and took out a decanter and some glasses.
"The Bread-winners" by John Hay
The bees'-wax is then decanted into a receiver, and is ready for use.
"The Art of Perfumery" by G. W. Septimus Piesse
Get me a drink from that decanter.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Her master pushed back the decanters to make room for the tray before him.
"Poison Island" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
The fat is then remelted, decanted, and poured into tins or glass jars.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 643, April 28, 1888" by Various
Dissolve a tea-spoonful of sugar of lead in water, and pour the clear solution into a decanter or large glass bottle.
"A Catechism of Familiar Things; Their History, and the Events Which Led to Their Discovery" by Benziger Brothers
The decanter was then passed to Miselle's confidant, who struck off this lip with the edge of his plyers.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864" by Various
We had pitching a guinea into a decanter, at which the young one lost considerably.
"Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II." by Pierce Egan
From a decanter on the table the girl, her hand trembling, poured out a glass of wine.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Less'n a minute and a half by the clock she'd been in there, but she certainly had decanted the beans.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
There was decanters on the table, and a lot of soda-water bottles.
"In Direst Peril" by David Christie Murray
He brought it in a small decanter, which he polished assiduously as he walked along.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
Agitate well and decant the clear liquid.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
What remains in the liquid to be decanted is mostly glass mud and not emery at all.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall

In poetry:

Or when the calypso decants its raw bay rum
Or the moon in Wozzeck reddens ripe for murder,
He doesn't sneeze or howl; just listens harder.
Adamant needles bear down on him from
"The Victor Dog" by James Merrill

In news:

Wine lovers have known for centuries that decanting wine before serving it often improves its flavor.
Whatever the dominant process, the traditional decanter is a rather pathetic tool to accomplish it.
Paula Lambert makes handcrafted Italian cheese, and writer John T Edge decants wines of the Deep South .
Natalie MacLean, author of the recent book Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass has been delighting us with her Nat Decants newsletter (a Wine Goddess favorite link).
Steve Mcqueen Jacket Radiator Grille Decanters More Leather Jacket.
Packaged in a brew-kettle-style decanter, the beer contains between 28 and 30 percent alcohol by volume.
Decant spraypaint for your airbrush.
Pouring coffee from the long-handled copper decanter into the white demitasse was a daily ritual—one that was sadly forgotten upon arriving back in Colorado.
Veuve Clicquot From 19th Century Wreck in Auction, Decanter Says.
Insta-Pro International has signed on to distribute Alfa Laval decanters and represent the company's process engineering packages for the vegetable oil industry.
Schafer and Vater, a German company, made this musical decanter to joke about Prohibition.
The record-holder, according to Guinness: A bottle of 64-year-old Macallan whisky in a Lalique Cire Perdue decanter.
Sam Adams' specialty Utopias come in black decanters.
Tom Simental decants a bottle of wine at Big Basin Vineyards in Saratoga, which was founded in 1998.
This is why I love the Graal decanter.

In science:

Ideally, this melt would be decanted to reveal freestanding flux-free crystals.
Tl2Ba2CuO6+d Brings Spectroscopic Probes Deep Into the Overdoped Regime of the High-Tc Cuprates
The supernatant was discarded and the pellet was washed again as described above. After decanting the supernatant, the pellet was extracted by suspension in 10 times the volume of 0.5% hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HTAB, Sigma-Aldrich) in 50 mM potassium phosphate buffer (pH 6.0) at 25°C.
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats