AskDefine | Define decant

Dictionary Definition

decant v : pour out; "the sommelier decanted the wines" [syn: pour, pour out]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To pour off gently, as liquor, so as not to disturb the sediment; or to pour from one vessel into another; as, to decant wine.

Extensive Definition

Decantation is a process for the separation of mixtures, carefully pouring a solution from a container, leaving the precipitate (sediments) in the bottom of the container. Usually a small amount of solution must be left in the container, and care must be taken to prevent a small amount of precipitate from flowing with the solution out of the container. It's generally used to separate a liquid from an insoluble solid, e.g. in red wine, where the wine is decanted from the potassium bitartrate crystals. Another example is when separating the oil from water after getting them as a mixed liquid out of olives in order to extract olive oil.
A mixture of kerosene and water can be separated through decantation.
Decantation of Milk
Milk is heated at about 40 degrees Celsius for three minutes, and then filtered by a coffee filter placed in funnel.
decant in Catalan: Decantació
decant in German: Dekantieren
decant in Spanish: Decantación
decant in French: Décantation
decant in Dutch: Decanteren (scheikunde)
decant in Portuguese: Decantação
decant in Russian: Декантация
decant in Finnish: Dekantointi
decant in Swedish: Dekantering
decant in Chinese: 傾析

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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