• WordNet 3.6
    • v decoy lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy
    • n decoy something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
    • n decoy a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Decoy A fowl, or the likeness of one, used by sportsmen to entice other fowl into a net or within shot.
    • Decoy A person employed by officers of justice, or parties exposed to injury, to induce a suspected person to commit an offense under circumstances that will lead to his detection.
    • Decoy A place into which wild fowl, esp. ducks, are enticed in order to take or shoot them.
    • Decoy Anything intended to lead into a snare; a lure that deceives and misleads into danger, or into the power of an enemy; a bait.
    • v. t Decoy To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap; to insnare; to allure; to entice; as, to decoy troops into an ambush; to decoy ducks into a net. "Did to a lonely cot his steps decoy .""E'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy ,
      The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • decoy To lure into a snare; entrap by some allurement or deception: as, to decoy ducks within gunshot; troops may be decoyed into an ambush.
    • decoy To allure, attract, or entice, without notion of entrapping.
    • decoy Synonyms Allure, Lure, Entice(see allure); to snare, insnare, mislead.
    • decoy To be deceived by a decoy; fall into a snare.
    • n decoy A lure employed to entice game into a snare or within the range of a weapon; specifically, an image of a bird, as a duck, or a trained living bird or animal, used to lure wild birds or animals into the power of man; hence, also, a person similarly employed with respect to other persons.
    • n decoy Anything intended to lead into a snare; any lure or allurement that deceives and misleads into evil, danger, or the power of an enemy; a stratagem employed to mislead or lead into danger.
    • n decoy A place, as a pond, furnished with an arrangement for luring wild fowl into it. Several channels or pipes of a curved form, covered with light hooped network, lead from the pond in various directions. The wild fowl are enticed to enter the wide mouth of the channel by tamed ducks trained for the purpose, or by grain scattered on the water. When they are well within the covered channel they are driven up into the funnel-net at the far end, where they are easily caught.
    • n decoy A pond used to snare and entrap, and also to maintain and breed, waterfowl.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Decoy de-koy′ to allure: to entrap: to lure into a trap
    • n Decoy anything intended to allure into a snare: an apparatus of hoops and network for trapping wild-ducks—sometimes duck-coy
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  • Samuel Pepys
    Samuel Pepys
    “Saw a wedding in the church. It was strange to see what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition.”
  • Samuel Pepys
    Samuel Pepys
    “Strange, to see what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition, every man and wife gazing and smiling at them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. de-, + coy,; orig., to quiet, soothe, caress, entice. See Coy


In literature:

Decoy him, then, to Ramon's, and do your persuading.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
I had an old counterfeit ten-dollar bill for a decoy.
"From the Bottom Up" by Alexander Irvine
I suppose this is a nice place to get away to when the fellows are here shooting over their decoys.
"The Boy Trapper" by Harry Castlemon
No blueskin would be left alive long enough to be used as a decoy by the men of Weald!
"This World Is Taboo" by Murray Leinster
Between the fire and the river he stationed our Indian, as hunters place a decoy.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
Other ducks may in time be tamed and used as decoys; but not so he.
"Ways of Wood Folk" by William J. Long
Wooden decoys (Plate XVIII) are tied to the branches of trees in which the hunters are concealed.
"The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao" by Fay-Cooper Cole
He forthwith thinks of a decoy, and is careful not to approach.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
And e'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy, The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy.
"Vera Nevill" by Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
He's the decoy to get white men ashore.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne

In poetry:

Who stands Death's oceanic mien!
However mute the winds, bright the sheen,
Or peacefully lulled the marine
Which decoys him?
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
—And oft when Pleasure trill'd her lay,
Hath Love decoy'd our steps away,
Tho' wheedled by the syren-strain,
And led us back to peace again.
"Love And Wisdom: A Vision" by Robert Alves
Do not be decoy'd elsewhere!
That is the whistle of the wind—it is not my voice;
That is the fluttering, the fluttering of the spray;
Those are the shadows of leaves.
"Sea-Shore Memories" by Walt Whitman
Alas, like magic, life's gay scenes decoy;
Of banquets rich we dream, and pleasures fair;
Of gorgeous halls, and airs of heavenly joy;
Then wake to disappointment and despair!
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
His heart to love as quick he lent,
As flower to wandering wind its scent,
Or lark to sun its song;
He spent himself in gusts of joy,
Chased the fair phantoms that decoy
And youth's brief reign prolong.
"Poet’s Corner" by Alfred Austin
Like a kid decoyed to its death, the stealthy panther lures,
Mocking the voice of its dam, thus he led the innocent child
Through her tenderness down to ruin, he is a friend of yours,
And admired by all; as you say, "men will be wild."
"Magdalena" by Marietta Holley

In news:

Zink Calls's Avian X Lifelike Collapsible Decoy.
The quivering and shaking motion produced by this decoy makes it irresistible to even the wiliest critter.
(CBS) Apparently humiliating Constance McMillen, the lesbian teen who wanted to take her girlfriend to the prom, by sending her to a decoy prom while her classmates partied elsewhere, wasn't enough for some of her fellow students.
As Idaho's hunting season heats up, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is rolling out its anti-road hunting weapons: Big game decoys.
A decoy draws an early morning attack.
Edge Quiver Critter Predator Decoy.
Obama's Decoy Bailout To Distract You from the Real Crisis.
Eifert goes from decoy to dominant .
Your muscles complain about setting the decoys, then insist on a seat with a back in the blind.
Spinning-winged duck decoy controversy has faded .
Once controversial, the spinning-winged duck decoy now is widely used and the DNR is considering removing the final restrictions on the devices.
Decoys lined up for competition at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art's Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo.
Free manicures at the Fridge this weekend from street artist Decoy.
Bows Are So Hot Right Now: Dispatches from Hello Kitty for President and Decoy at The Fridge .
However, talk to any hunter that has spent a lot of time in the field and they will have story after story about birds that have learned to avoid the trouble associated with decoy spreads.

In science:

The emitter, Alice, encodes using time slots (separated by T) containing either 0-pulses, no light, or µ-pulses, with a mean number of photons of µ<1. The logical bit 0L (1L) corresponds to a sequence 0-µ (µ-0). For security reason, we also send µ-µ decoy sequences.
High speed coherent one-way quantum key distribution prototype
The security is guaranteed by checking for detections on DM, for decoy sequences and logical sequences 1L0L, at random times using an unbalanced interferometer that has a path-length difference of T.
High speed coherent one-way quantum key distribution prototype
If the associated visibility is over 95%, the key exchange continues. Alice then tells Bob, which detections, corresponding to decoy sequences, have to be removed from his data.
High speed coherent one-way quantum key distribution prototype
A. R. Dixon, Z. L. Yuan, J. F. Dynes, A. W. Sharpe, and A. J. Shields, (2008) “Gigahertz decoy quantum key distribution with 1 Mbit/s secure key rate”, Opt.
Practical random number generation protocol for entanglement-based quantum key distribution
Han, G.-C. Guo, and A. Karlsson, (2008) “Experimental decoy-state quantum key distribution with a sub-poissionian heralded single-photon source”, Phys.
Practical random number generation protocol for entanglement-based quantum key distribution