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decipherable
See decipher. * * *
decipherer
See decipherable. * * *
decipherment
See decipherable. * * *
decision
—decisional, adj. /di sizh"euhn/, n. 1. the act or process of deciding; determination, as of a question or doubt, by making a judgment: They must make a decision between these ...
decision problem
▪ logic       for a class of questions in mathematics and formal logic, the problem of finding, after choosing any question of the class, an algorithm or repetitive ...
decision procedure
Logic. a procedure, as an algorithm, for determining in a finite number of steps the validity of any of a certain class of propositions. [1940-45] * * *
decision theory
Statistics. the theory of making decisions based on assigning probabilities to various factors and assigning numerical consequences to the outcome. [1960-65] * * * In statistics ...
decision tree
—decision-tree, adj. Logic. a tree diagram in which the selection of each branch requires that some type of logical decision be made. [1965-70] * * *
decisional
See decision. * * *
decisive
—decisively, adv. —decisiveness, n. /di suy"siv/, adj. 1. having the power or quality of deciding; putting an end to controversy; crucial or most important: Your argument was ...
decisively
See decisive. * * *
decisiveness
See decisively. * * *
Decius
/dee"sheuhs, desh"euhs/, n. (Gaius Messius Quintus Trajanus Decius) A.D. c201-251, emperor of Rome 249-251. * * * ▪ Roman emperor in full  Gaius Messius Quintus ...
Decius, Gaius Messius Quintus Trajanus
born с 201, Budalia, Pannonia Inferior died June 251, Abrittus, Moesia Roman emperor (249–251). Of uncertain origins, he served as senator, consul, and provincial military ...
decivilize
v.t., decivilized, decivilizing. * * *
deck
/dek/, n. 1. Naut. a. a floorlike surface wholly or partially occupying one level of a hull, superstructure, or deckhouse, generally cambered, and often serving as a member for ...
deck bolt
Shipbuilding. a flat-headed bolt for fastening down deck planking. * * *
deck chair
a folding chair, usually with arms and a full-length leg rest, commonly used for lounging on the decks of passenger ships. Also called steamer chair. [1880-85] * * *
deck gang
Naut. 1. (on a ship) the sailors who are on duty but not on watch. 2. the longshoremen working on board a ship during loading and unloading. * * *
deck hand
Naut. a sailor whose duties are performed on deck. [1835-45, Amer.] * * *
deck hook
Naut. hook (def. 16). [1840-50] * * *
deck lid
the hinged lid forming the upper surface of an automobile deck. Also, decklid. * * *
deck light
Naut. 1. a skylight for a 'tween deck, built flush with the upper deck. 2. any light for illuminating the deck of a ship. [1840-50] * * *
deck load
Naut. cargo carried on an open deck of a ship. [1750-60] * * *
deck log
Naut. a log filled in by the officer of the watch at the end of each watch, giving details of weather, navigation, unusual happenings, etc. * * *
deck passage
—deck passenger. overnight accommodation on a vessel other than in a regular sleeping space. [1820-30, Amer.] * * *
deck plate
Carpentry. a purlin plate at the edge of a deck. [1870-75] * * *
deck tennis
a game played on a small court, usually on the deck of a ship, in which a ring, generally of rubber or Manila rope, is alternately thrown and caught, using only one hand, by two ...
deck watch
(on a ship) a precision watch used on deck for navigational purposes to avoid disturbing the chronometer. [1855-60] * * *
deckchair
deck chair n. A folding chair that usually has arms and a leg rest. * * *
deckchairs
➡ seaside and beach * * *
deckel
/dek"euhl/, n. Papermaking. deckle. * * *
Decken, Karl Klaus von der
▪ German explorer born Aug. 8, 1833, Kotzen, Brandenburg [Germany] died Oct. 2, 1865, near Bardera, Somalia  German explorer in eastern Africa and the first European to ...
decker
/dek"euhr/, n. something, as a ship or bed, having a specified number of decks, floors, levels, or the like (used in combination): The cruise ship is a five-decker. [1785-95; ...
Decker
/dek"euhr/, n. Thomas. See Dekker, Thomas. * * *
Decker, Alonzo Galloway, Jr.
▪ 2003       American business executive (b. Jan. 18, 1908, Orangeville, Md.—d. March 18, 2002, Earleville, Md.), transformed Black & Decker, a power-tool company ...
deckhand
☆ deckhand [dek′hand΄ ] n. a common sailor most of whose duties are performed on the main deck * * * deck hand n. A member of a ship's crew who performs manual labor. * * *
deckhead
/dek"hed'/, n. Naut. the undersurface of a deck. [1880-85; DECK + HEAD] * * *
deckhouse
/dek"hows'/, n., pl. deckhouses /-how'ziz/. Naut. any enclosed structure projecting above the weather deck of a vessel and, usually, surrounded by exposed deck area on all sides. ...
decking
/dek"ing/, n. 1. material, as paper or fiberboard, treated in various ways as a waterproof covering for a deck or roof. 2. material of concrete, asbestos, steel, or the like, in ...
deckle
/dek"euhl/, n. Papermaking. 1. a board, usually of stainless steel, fitted under part of the wire in a Fourdrinier machine for supporting the pulp stack before it is sufficiently ...
deckle edge
the irregular, untrimmed edge of handmade paper, often used for ornamental effect in fine books and stationery, now often produced artificially on machine-made paper. Also called ...
deckle-edged
/dek"euhl ejd'/, adj. having a deckle edge: deckle-edged paper for stationery. [1885-90] * * *
deckleedge
deckle edge n. The rough edge of handmade paper formed in a deckle. Also called featheredge.   deckʹle-edged' (dĕkʹəl-ĕjd') adj. * * *
decktennis
deck tennis n. A game in which a small ring is tossed back and forth over a net, made popular on board ocean liners. * * *
decl.
declension. * * *
declaim
—declaimer, n. /di klaym"/, v.i. 1. to speak aloud in an oratorical manner; make a formal speech: Brutus declaimed from the steps of the Roman senate building. 2. to inveigh ...
declaimer
See declaim. * * *
declamation
/dek'leuh may"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or art of declaiming. 2. exercise in oratory or elocution, as in the recitation of a classic speech. 3. speech or writing for oratorical ...
declamatory
/di klam"euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. 1. pertaining to or characterized by declamation. 2. merely oratorical or rhetorical; stilted: a pompous, declamatory manner of ...
declarable
declarable [dē kler′ə bəl, dikler′ə bəl] adj. that can be or must be declared for taxation * * * See declare. * * *
declarant
/di klair"euhnt/, n. 1. a person who declares or makes a declaration or statement. 2. Law. an alien who has formally declared his or her intention before a court of record to ...
declaration
/dek'leuh ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of declaring; announcement: a declaration of a dividend. 2. a positive, explicit, or formal statement; proclamation: a declaration of war. 3. ...
Declaration of Independence
1. the public act by which the Second Continental Congress, on July 4, 1776, declared the Colonies to be free and independent of England. 2. the document embodying it. * * ...
Declaration of Independence Text
▪ Primary Source [1776] In Congress, July 4, 1776       The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America       When in the Course of human ...
Declaration of Rights for Women
▪ Primary Source       The following document was read by Susan B. Anthony on July 4, 1876, in Philadelphia—in front of Independence Hall "under the shadow of ...
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen
Manifesto adopted by France's National Assembly in 1789, which contained the principles that inspired the French Revolution. One of the basic charters of human liberties, it ...
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen Source
▪ Primary Source [1789] Adopted by the National Assembly during the French Revolution on August 26, 1789, and reaffirmed by the constitution of 1958. ...
declarative
—declaratively, adv. /di klar"euh tiv/, adj. serving to declare, make known, or explain: a declarative statement. Also, declaratory /di klar"euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/. [1530-40; < ...
declaratively
See declarative. * * *
declaratory
declaratory [dē kler′ə tôr΄ē, di kler′ə tôr΄ē] adj. 〚ME declaratorie < ML declaratorius〛 DECLARATIVE * * * de·clar·a·to·ry (dĭ-klârʹə-tôr'ē, ...
Declaratory Act
(1766) Declaration by the British Parliament that accompanied repeal of the Stamp Act. It stated that Parliament's authority was the same in America as in Britain and asserted ...
declaratory judgment
Law. a judgment that merely decides the rights of parties in a given transaction, situation, or dispute but does not order any action or award damages. * * * In law, a judgment ...
declare
—declarable, adj. /di klair"/, v., declared, declaring. v.t. 1. to make known or state clearly, esp. in explicit or formal terms: to declare one's position in a controversy. 2. ...
declared
—declaredly /di klair"id lee/, adv. /di klaird"/, adj. publicly avowed or professed; self-confessed: a declared liberal. [1645-55; DECLARE + -ED2] * * *
declaredly
declaredly [dē kler′id lē, di kler′id lē] adv. openly or admittedly * * *
declarer
/di klair"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that declares. 2. Bridge. the player who plays the contract; dummy's partner. [1520-30; DECLARE + -ER1] * * *
declass
/dee klas", -klahs"/, v.t. to remove or degrade from one's social class, position, or rank; lower in status. [1885-90; < F déclasser. See DE-, CLASS] * * *
déclassé
/day'kla say", -klah-/; Fr. /day klah say"/, adj. 1. reduced to or having low or lower status: a once-chic restaurant that had become completely déclassé. 2. reduced or ...
declassifiable
See declassify. * * *
declassification
See declassifiable. * * *
declassify
—declassifiable, adj. —declassification /dee klas'euh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. /dee klas"euh fuy'/, v.t., declassified, declassifying. to remove the classification from ...
declaw
v.t. * * *
declension
/di klen"sheuhn/, n. 1. Gram. a. the inflection of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives for categories such as case and number. b. the whole set of inflected forms of such a word, or ...
declensional
—declensionally, adv. /di klen"sheuh nl/, adj. of or pertaining to grammatical declension. [1855-60; DECLENSION + -AL1] * * *
declergify
v.t., declergified, declergifying. * * *
declericalize
v.t., declericalized, declericalizing. * * *
declinable
/di kluy"neuh beuhl/, adj. Gram. able to be declined. [1520-30; < MF, equiv. to decliner to DECLINE + -able -ABLE; or DECLINE + -ABLE] * * *
declinate
/dek"leuh nayt', -nit/, adj. having a downward curve or slope; bending away, as from the horizontal: a declinate flower. [1800-10; < L declinatus, ptp. of declinare. See DECLINE, ...
declination
—declinational, adj. /dek'leuh nay"sheuhn/, n. 1. a bending, sloping, or moving downward. 2. deterioration; decline. 3. a swerving or deviating, as from a standard. 4. a polite ...
declinational
See declination. * * *
declinatory
/di kluy"neuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. expressing refusal; implying declination. [1665-75; < ML declinatorius, equiv. to L declina(re) (see DECLINE) + -torius -TORY1] * * *
declinature
/di kluy"neuh cheuhr, -choor'/, n. the act of refusing. [1630-40; alter. of earlier declinatour, influenced by L declinatura. See DECLINATION, -URE] * * *
decline
—decliner, n. /di kluyn"/, v., declined, declining, n. v.t. 1. to withhold or deny consent to do, enter into or upon, etc.; refuse: He declined to say more about it. 2. to ...
Decline and Fall
the first novel by the English writer Evelyn Waugh. It was written in 1928 and is about the comic troubles of a quiet young man who has to leave Oxford University and gets a job ...
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
a historical work in six books (1776–88) written by the English historian Edward Gibbon. It covers the history of Europe from Rome in the first century AD to the fall of ...
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, The
a history in six volumes (1776-88) by Edward Gibbon. * * *
decliner
See declinable. * * *
declinometer
/dek'leuh nom"i teuhr/, n. an instrument for measuring magnetic declination. [1855-60; DECLIN(ATION) + -o- + -METER] * * *
declive
/di kluyv"/, adj. Obs. declivous. [1625-35; < L declivis sloping downward; see DECLIVITY] * * *
declivitous
—declivitously, adv. /di kliv"i teuhs/, adj. having a somewhat steep downward slope. [1790-1800; DECLIVIT(Y) + -OUS] * * *
declivitously
See declivitous. * * *
declivity
/di kliv"i tee/, n., pl. declivities. a downward slope, as of ground (opposed to acclivity). [1605-15; < L of declivitas a slope, hill, equiv. to declivi(s) sloping downward (de- ...
declivous
/di kluy"veuhs/, adj. sloping downward. Also, declivent. [1675-85; < L decliv(is) (see DECLIVITY) + -OUS] * * *
declogger
n. * * *
Declomycin
/dek'loh muy"sin/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of demeclocycline. * * *
declot
v., declotted, declotting. * * *
declutch
/dee kluch"/, v.i. to release a clutch. [DE- + CLUTCH1] * * *
deco
/dek"oh, day"koh, day koh"/, n. 1. See art deco. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or suggestive of art deco design: The new wallpaper gives the foyer a deco look. Also, Deco. [1970-75; ...
decoct
/di kokt"/, v.t. to extract the flavor or essence of by boiling. [1375-1425; late ME decocten < L decoctus boiled down; see DECOCTION] * * *
decoction
—decoctive, adj. /di kok"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of decocting. 2. Pharm. a. an extract obtained by decocting. b. water in which a crude vegetable drug has been boiled and which ...
decode
/dee kohd"/, v., decoded, decoding. v.t. 1. to translate (data or a message) from a code into the original language or form. 2. to extract meaning from (spoken or written ...
decoder
/dee koh"deuhr/, n. 1. a person who decodes messages or the like. 2. a device for decoding cryptograms, codes, or the like, as an electric or electronic apparatus that transforms ...
decoic acid
/di koh"ik/, Chem. See capric acid. [DEC(ANE) + -O- + -IC] * * *
decollate
decollate1 —decollation /dee'keuh lay"sheuhn/, n. —decollator, n. /di kol"ayt/, v.t., decollated, decollating. to behead; decapitate. [1590-1600; < L decollatus (ptp. of ...
decollate snail
/dee kol"it, dek"euh lit/ a cone-shaped, burrowing snail, Rumina decollata, that feeds on common brown garden snails. Also called decollated awl snail. [ < NL decollata, the ...
decollation
See decollate1. * * *
decollator
See decollate2. * * *
decollectivization
See decollectivize. * * *
decollectivize
v.t., decollectivized, decollectivizing. * * *
décolletage
/day'kol tahzh", -kol euh-, dek'euh leuh-/; Fr. /day kawl tannzh"/, n. 1. the neckline of a dress cut low in the front or back and often across the shoulders. 2. a décolleté ...
décolleté
/day'kol tay", -kol euh-, dek'euh leuh-/; Fr. /day kawl tay"/, adj. 1. (of a garment) low-necked. 2. wearing a low-necked garment. Also, decollete. [1825-35; < F: ptp. of ...
decolonialize
—decolonialization, n. /dee'keuh loh"nee euh luyz'/, v.t., decolonialized, decolonializing. to decolonize. Also, esp. Brit., decolonialise. [DE- + COLONIALIZE] * * *
decolonization
decolonization [dē΄kə lō΄nē əl ə zā′shəndē käl΄ə nə zā′shən] n. the act or process of eliminating colonialism or freeing from colonial status: also ...
decolonize
—decolonization, n. /dee kol"euh nuyz'/, v., decolonized, decolonizing. v.t. 1. to release from the status of a colony. 2. to allow (a colony) to become self-governing or ...
decolor
—decoloration, n. /dee kul"euhr/, v.t. to remove the color from; deprive of color; bleach. Also, esp. Brit., decolour. [1400-50; late ME decolouren < L decolorare, equiv. to ...
decolorant
/dee kul"euhr euhnt/, adj. 1. having the property of removing color; bleaching. n. 2. a decolorant substance or agent. Also, esp. Brit., decolourant. [1860-65; DECOLOR + -ANT] * ...
decoloration
n. * * *
decolorization
See decolorize. * * *
decolorize
—decolorization, n. —decolorizer, n. /dee kul"euh ruyz'/, v.t., decolorized, decolorizing. to decolor. Also, esp. Brit., decolorise. [1830-40; DE- + COLORIZE] * * *
decolorizer
See decolorization. * * *
decommercialize
v.t., decommercialized, izing. * * *
decommission
/dee'keuh mish"euhn/, v.t. 1. to remove or retire (a ship, airplane, etc.) from active service. 2. to deactivate; shut down: to decommission a nuclear power plant. [1925-30; DE- ...
decommunize
v.t., decommunized, decommunizing. * * *
decompartmentalize
v.t., decompartmentalized, decompartmentalizing. * * *
decompensate
See decompensation. * * *
decompensation
/dee'kom peuhn say"sheuhn/, n. Med. 1. the inability of a diseased heart to compensate for its defect. 2. Psychol. a loss of ability to maintain normal or appropriate ...
decomposability
See decompose. * * *
decomposable
See decomposability. * * *
decompose
—decomposable, adj. —decomposability, n. /dee'keuhm pohz"/, v., decomposed, decomposing. v.t. 1. to separate or resolve into constituent parts or elements; disintegrate: The ...
decomposed
/dee'keuhm pohzd"/, adj. 1. having undergone decomposition. 2. (of a feather) having the barbs separate, hanging loosely, and not interconnected by barbules. [1840-50; DECOMPOSE ...
decomposer
/dee'keuhm poh"zeuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that decomposes. 2. Ecology. an organism, usually a bacterium or fungus, that breaks down the cells of dead plants and animals into ...
decomposition
/dee'kom peuh zish"euhn/, n. 1. the act or process of decomposing. 2. the state of being decomposed; decay. [1650-60; prob. < F décomposition, deriv. of décomposer to ...
decompositional
See decomposition. * * *
decompound
v. /dee'keuhm pownd"/; adj. /dee kom"pownd, dee'kom pownd", -keuhm-/, v.t. 1. to decompose. 2. Obs. to compound a second or further time. adj. 3. Bot. divided into compound ...
decompress
—decompressive, adj. /dee'keuhm pres"/, v.t. 1. to cause to undergo decompression. v.i. 2. to undergo decompression. 3. Informal. to relax; unwind. [1900-05; trans. of F ...
decompression
/dee'keuhm presh"euhn/, n. 1. the gradual reduction in atmospheric pressure experienced by divers, construction workers, etc., after working in deep water or breathing compressed ...
decompression chamber.
See hyperbaric chamber. [1930-35] * * *
decompression sickness
Pathol. aeroembolism (def. 2). [1940-45] * * * also called the bends or caisson disease Harmful effects of rapid change from a higher-to a lower-pressure environment. Small ...
decompression tables.
See dive tables. * * *
decompressionchamber
decompression chamber n. A compartment in which atmospheric pressure can be gradually raised or lowered, used especially in readjusting divers or underwater workers to normal ...
decompressionsickness
decompression sickness n. A disorder, seen especially in deep-sea divers, caused by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood and tissues following a sudden drop in the ...
deconcentrate
—deconcentration, n. /dee kon"seuhn trayt'/, v.t., deconcentrated, deconcentrating. to reduce the power or control of (a corporation, industry, etc.); decentralize. [1885-90; ...
deconcentration
See deconcentrate. * * *
decondition
/dee'keuhn dish"euhn/, v.t. 1. to diminish the physical strength, stamina, or vitality of; weaken. 2. to diminish or eliminate the conditioned responses or behavior patterns ...
decongest
—decongestion, n. /dee'keuhn jest"/, v.t. to diminish or end the congestion of. [1955-60; DE- + CONGEST, or by back formation from DECONGESTANT] * * *
decongestant
/dee'keuhn jes"teuhnt/, Pharm. adj. 1. of or pertaining to a substance that relieves mucus congestion of the upper respiratory tract. n. 2. any such substance. [1945-50; DE- + ...
decongestion
See decongest. * * *
decongestive
/dee'keuhn jes"tiv/, adj. Med. relieving or tending to relieve congestion. [1900-05; DE- + CONGESTIVE] * * *
deconglomerate
v., deconglomerated, deconglomerating. * * *
decongregate
v., decongregated, decongregating. * * *
deconsecrate
v.t., deconsecrated, deconsecrating. * * *
deconstruct
/dee'keuhn strukt"/, v.t. to break down into constituent parts; dissect; dismantle. [appar. back formation from DECONSTRUCTION] * * *
deconstruction
—deconstructionist, adj., n. —deconstructive, adj. /dee'keuhn struk"sheuhn/, n. a philosophical and critical movement, starting in the 1960s and esp. applied to the study of ...
deconstructionism
See deconstructive. * * *
deconstructionist
See deconstructive. * * *
deconstructive
See deconstruction. * * *
decontaminant
See decontaminate. * * *
decontaminate
—decontamination, n. —decontaminative, adj. —decontaminator, n. /dee'keuhn tam"euh nayt'/, v.t., decontaminated, decontaminating. 1. to make (an object or area) safe for ...
decontamination
See decontaminant. * * *
decontaminator
See decontaminant. * * *
decontrol
/dee'keuhn trohl"/, v., decontrolled, decontrolling, n. v.t. 1. to remove controls, esp. government or other official controls, from: to decontrol prices or rents. n. 2. the ...
deconvert
v.t. * * *
décor
/day kawr", di-, day"kawr/, n. 1. style or mode of decoration, as of a room, building, or the like: modern office décor; a bedroom having a Spanish décor. 2. decoration in ...
décor bois
▪ pottery       (French: “wood decoration”), in decorative arts, trompe l'oeil decoration of porcelain and faience to simulate grained and knotted wood with the ...
decorate
/dek"euh rayt'/, v.t., decorated, decorating. 1. to furnish or adorn with something ornamental or becoming; embellish: to decorate walls with murals. 2. to plan and execute the ...
decorated
/dek"euh ray'tid/, adj. (often cap.) of pertaining to, or characteristic of the English gothic architecture of the late 13th through the late 14th centuries, characterized by ...
decorated shed
Archit. a contemporary design concept characterized by buildings generally of purely utilitarian design but with fronts intended to give them more grandeur or to announce their ...
Decorated style
a style of Gothic architecture that was common in England from about 1290 to about 1350. Its main feature was the ornamental stone carving around windows and doors. This style ...
Decoratedstyle
Dec·o·rat·ed style (dĕkʹə-rā'tĭd) n. A style of English Gothic architecture of the late 13th to mid-14th century, characterized by rich ornamentation and the use of ogees ...
decoration
/dek'euh ray"sheuhn/, n. 1. something used for decorating; adornment; embellishment: The gymnasium was adorned with posters and crepe-paper decorations for the dance. 2. the act ...
Decoration Day
☆ Decoration Day n. another name for MEMORIAL DAY * * * ➡ Memorial Day * * *
Decoration Day.
See Memorial Day (def. 1). * * *
DecorationDay
Dec·o·ra·tion Day (dĕk'ə-rāʹshən) n. See Memorial Day. * * *
decorative
—decoratively, adv. —decorativeness, n. /dek"euhr euh tiv, dek"reuh-, dek"euh ray'-/, adj. 1. serving or tending to decorate. 2. Fine Arts. serving only to decorate, in ...
decorative art
      any of those arts that are concerned with the design and decoration of objects that are chiefly prized for their utility, rather than for their purely aesthetic ...
decorative arts
Arts concerned with the design and decoration of objects that are utilitarian rather than purely aesthetic, including ceramics, glassware, basketry, jewelry, metalwork, ...
decorativeart
decorative art n. 1. Art produced or intended primarily for utility, including jewelry, furniture, and other crafts. 2. Any of the art forms, such as pottery, weaving, or jewelry ...
decoratively
See decorative. * * *
decorativeness
See decoratively. * * *
decorator
/dek"euh ray'teuhr/, n. 1. See interior designer. 2. a person who decorates. adj. 3. harmonizing with or suitable for a scheme of interior decoration: appliances in decorator ...
decorous
—decorously, adv. —decorousness, n. /dek"euhr euhs, di kawr"euhs, -kohr"-/, adj. characterized by dignified propriety in conduct, manners, appearance, character, ...
decorously
See decorous. * * *
decorousness
See decorously. * * *
decorticate
—decorticator, n. /dee kawr"ti kayt'/, v.t., decorticated, decorticating. 1. to remove the bark, husk, or outer covering from. 2. Surg. to remove the cortex from (an organ or ...
decortication
/dee kawr'ti kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of decorticating. 2. Also, decortization /dee kawr'teuh zay"sheuhn/. Surg. the removal of the cortex, the enveloping membrane, ...
decorticator
See decortication. * * *
decorum
/di kawr"euhm, -kohr"-/, n. 1. dignified propriety of behavior, speech, dress, etc. 2. the quality or state of being decorous; orderliness; regularity. 3. Usually, decorums. an ...
decoupage
/day'kooh pahzh"/, n., v., decoupaged, decoupaging. n. Also, découpage /day'kooh pahzh"/; Fr. /day kooh pannzh"/. 1. the art or technique of decorating something with cut-outs ...
decouple
—decoupler, n. /dee kup"euhl/, v., decoupled, decoupling. v.t. 1. to cause to become separated, disconnected, or divergent; uncouple. 2. to absorb the shock of (a nuclear ...
decoupler
See decouple. * * *
Decoux, Jean
▪ French governor-general of Indochina born 1884, Bordeaux, Fr. died Oct. 21, 1963, Paris       governor-general of French Indochina for the provisional (Vichy) French ...
decoy
—decoyer, n. n. /dee"koy, di koy"/; v. /di koy"/, n. 1. a person who entices or lures another person or thing, as into danger, a trap, or the like. 2. anything used as a ...
decoyer
See decoy. * * *
decrease
v. /di krees"/; n. /dee"krees, di krees"/, v., decreased, decreasing, n. v.i. 1. to diminish or lessen in extent, quantity, strength, power, etc.: During the ten-day march across ...
decreasing
—decreasingly, adv. /di kree"sing/, adj. 1. becoming less or fewer; diminishing. 2. Math. (of a function) having the property that for any two points in the domain such that ...
decreasing term insurance
a life insurance policy providing a death benefit that decreases throughout the term of the contract, reaching zero at the end of the term. * * *
decreasingly
See decrease. * * *
decree
/di kree"/, n., v., decreed, decreeing. n. 1. a formal and authoritative order, esp. one having the force of law: a presidential decree. 2. Law. a judicial decision or order. 3. ...
decree nisi
/nuy"suy/, Law. a decree, esp. of divorce, that will become absolute at a later date. [1890-95] * * *
decree-law
/di kree"law'/, n. an executive decree made pursuant to a delegation from the legislature and having the full force of legislation. [1925-30] * * *
decreeable
See decree. * * *
decreer
See decreeable. * * *
decrement
—decremental /dek'reuh men"tl/, adj. /dek"reuh meuhnt/, n. 1. the act or process of decreasing; gradual reduction. 2. the amount lost by reduction. 3. Math. a negative ...
decremental
See decrement. * * *
decremeter
/dek"reuh mee'teuhr, di krem"i teuhr/, n. an instrument for measuring the damping of an electromagnetic wave train. [1910-15; DECRE(MENT) + -METER] * * *
decreolization
de·cre·o·li·za·tion (dē-krē'ə-lĭ-zāʹshən) n. The loss of creole features in an original creole language as the result of contact with a major international language ...
decreolize
—decreolization, n. /dee kree"euh luyz'/, v.t., decreolized, decreolizing. Ling. to modify (a creole language) in the direction of a standard form of the language on which most ...
decrepit
—decrepitly, adv. —decrepitness, n. /di krep"it/, adj. 1. weakened by old age; feeble; infirm: a decrepit man who can hardly walk. 2. worn out by long use; dilapidated: a ...
decrepitate
—decrepitation, n. /di krep"i tayt'/, v., decrepitated, decrepitating. v.t. 1. to roast or calcine (salt, minerals, etc.) so as to cause crackling or until crackling ...
decrepitation
See decrepitate. * * *
decrepitly
See decrepit. * * *
decrepitude
/di krep"i toohd', -tyoohd'/, n. decrepit condition; dilapidated state; feebleness, esp. from old age. [1595-1605; < F décrépitude, deriv. of décrépit DECREPIT; see -TUDE] * ...
decresc.
Music. decrescendo. * * *
decrescendo
/dee'kri shen"doh, day'-/; It. /de'krdde shen"daw/, adj., adv., n., pl. decrescendos, It. decrescendi /dee/. Music. adj., adv. 1. gradually reducing force or loudness; diminuendo ...
decrescent
—decrescence, n. /di kres"euhnt/, adj. 1. diminishing; decreasing. 2. waning, as the moon. [1600-10; < L decrescent- (s. of decrescens), prp. of decrescere to DECREASE; see ...
decretal
/di kreet"l/, adj. 1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing a decree or decrees. n. 2. a papal decree authoritatively determining some point of doctrine or church ...
decretist
/di kree"tist/, n. (in medieval universities) 1. a student in the faculty of law. 2. a student of the Decretals; expert in the canon law. [1350-1400; < ML decretista, equiv. to L ...
decretive
—decretively, adv. /di kree"tiv/, adj. having the force of a decree; pertaining to a decree. [1600-10; < L decret(um) DECREE + -IVE] * * *
decretory
/dek"ri tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. 1. pertaining to or following a decree. 2. established by a decree; judicial. [1570-80; < L decretorius decisive, crucial, equiv. to decre-, var. ...
decrial
/di kruy"euhl/, n. the act of decrying; noisy censure. [1705-15; DECRY + -AL2] * * *
decrier
See decry. * * *
decriminalization
See decriminalize. * * *
decriminalize
—decriminalization, n. /dee krim"euh nl uyz'/, v.t., decriminalized, decriminalizing. to eliminate criminal penalties for or remove legal restrictions against: to decriminalize ...
Decroly, Ovide
▪ Belgian educator born July 23, 1871, Renaix, Belg. died Sept. 10, 1932, Brussels       Belgian pioneer in the education (special education) of children, including ...
decrumb
v.t. * * *
decry
—decrier, n. /di kruy"/, v.t., decried, decrying. 1. to speak disparagingly of; denounce as faulty or worthless; express censure of: She decried the lack of support for the ...
decrypt
—decryption, n. /dee kript", di-/, v.t. to decode or decipher. [1935-40; DE- + CRYPT(OGRAM)] * * *
decryption
See decrypt. * * *
decubitus
—decubital, adj. /di kyooh"bi teuhs/, n., pl. decubitus. Med. any position assumed by a patient when lying in bed. [1865-70; < NL, equiv. to L decubi-, var. s. of decumbere to ...
decubitus ulcer
Pathol. bedsore. * * *
decubitusulcer
de·cu·bi·tus ulcer (dĭ-kyo͞oʹbĭ-təs) n. See bedsore.   [Medieval Latin dēcubitus, lying down, being bedridden, from past participle of Latin dēcumbere, to lie down. ...
deculturalize
v.t., deculturalized, deculturalizing. * * *
deculturate
—deculturation, n. /dee kul"cheuh rayt'/, v.t., deculturated, deculturating. to cause the loss or abandonment of culture or cultural characteristics of (a people, society, ...
deculture
/dee kul"cheuhr/, v.t., decultured, deculturing. to deculturate. [DE- + CULTURE] * * *
decuman
/dek"yoo meuhn/, adj. 1. large or immense, as a wave. 2. (in ancient Rome) of or pertaining to the tenth cohort of a legion. n. 3. Also called decuman gate. (in ancient Rome) the ...
decumbence
See decumbent. * * *
decumbency
See decumbence. * * *
decumbent
—decumbence, decumbency, n. —decumbently, adv. /di kum"beuhnt/, adj. 1. lying down; recumbent. 2. Bot. (of stems, branches, etc.) lying or trailing on the ground with the ...
decumulate
v.t., decumulated, decumulating. * * *
decumulation
n. * * *
decuple
/dek"yoo peuhl/, adj., n., v., decupled, decupling. adj. 1. ten times as great; tenfold. n. 2. a tenfold quantity or multiple. v.t. 3. to make ten times as great. [1375-1425; ...
decuply
See decuple. * * *
decurio
▪ ancient Roman official plural  decuriones         in ancient Rome, the head of a group of 10. The title had two applications, one civil, the other military. In the ...
decurion
/di kyoor"ee euhn/, n. Rom. Hist. 1. the head of a decury. 2. a member of the senate of an ancient Roman colony or municipality. [1350-1400; ME < L decurion- (s. of decurio), ...
decurrent
—decurrence, decurrency, n. —decurrently, adv. /di kerr"euhnt, -kur"-/, adj. Bot. extending down the stem below the place of insertion, as certain leaves. [1745-55; < L ...
decurrently
See decurrent. * * *
decurved
/dee kerrvd"/, adj. curved downward, as the bill of a bird. [1825-35; DE- + CURVED] * * *
decury
/dek"yoo ree/, n., pl. decuries. Rom. Hist. 1. a division, company, or body of ten men. 2. any larger body of men, esp. the curiae. [1525-35; < L decuria a company of ten. See ...
decussate
—decussately, adv. v. /di kus"ayt, dek"euh sayt'/; adj. /di kus"ayt, -it/, v., decussated, decussating, adj. v.t., v.i. 1. to cross in the form of an X; intersect. adj. 2. in ...
decussately
See decussate. * * *
decussation
/dee'keuh say"sheuhn, dek'euh-/, n. 1. a process of becoming or condition of being crossed in the form of an X. 2. Anat. a nerve or tract of nerve fibers that crosses from one ...
decyl
/des"euhl/, n. Chem. a group of isomeric univalent radicals, C10H21, derived from the decanes by removing one hydrogen atom. [DEC(ANE) + -YL] * * *
decyl alcohol
Chem. decanol. * * *
decylic acid
/di sil"ik/, Chem. See capric acid. [DECYL + -IC] * * *
DEd
DEd abbr. Doctor of Education. * * *
dedal
/deed"l/, adj. Archaic. daedal. * * *
dedans
/deuh dahonn"/, n., pl. dedans /-dahonn"/. (used with a sing. v.) Court Tennis. 1. a netted winning opening of rectangular shape at the service side of the court. Cf. grille ...
Dede Agach
Turk. /de"de ah ahch"/ former name of Alexandroupolis. Also, Dede Agaç. * * *
Dedeaux, Rod
▪ 2007 Raoul Martial Dedeaux        American baseball coach (b. Feb. 17, 1914, New Orleans, La.—d. Jan. 5, 2006, Glendale, Calif.), modeled his coaching style on that ...

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