Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process of transferring pictures or designs printed on specially prepared paper to materials such as glass or metal.
  • n. A decal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of transferring decorative designs onto surfaces using decals

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art or process of transferring pictures and designs to china, glass, marble, etc., and permanently fixing them thereto.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The practice or process of transferring pictures to marble, porcelain, glass, wood, and the like.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. either a design that is fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design which is to be transferred to the surface
  • n. the art of transfering designs from specially prepared paper to a wood or glass or metal surface

Etymologies

French décalcomanie, from dēcalquer, to transfer a tracing (de-, off, from from Latin dē-; see de- + calquer, to trace; see calque) + manie, craze (from its popularity in the 19th century) (from Late Latin mania, madness; see mania).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French décalcomanie (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The bank clerk did not go and collect the decalcomania from the car but with a sour look on his face asked Jerezano for his passport, compared that passport line by line with the first Xerox copy, then with the second copy.

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  • Ironically, the face itself belongs to a Swiss artist who creates distinctive, hyper-colored, collage-like abstract paintings through techniques such as decalcomania and grattage.

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  • The figure from Dalí's "City of Drawers" was used on the cover of The Atrocity Exhibition in 1970 but for me the matching of Ernst's decalcomania masterpiece "The Eye of Silence" is far more successful.

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  • On the 4th, he removed the Texas plates from the car, installed the Zacatecas plates, scraped the controversial import decalcomania from the windshield and threw it away.

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  • The silver seal in the center was the windshield decalcomania.

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  • There he was met by Roque's replacement (Roque had gone to lunch) who slapped the Legalization decalcomania on the windshield, then the

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  • Tenencias decalcomania below that, and handed Jerezano his plates and documentation with a cheery

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  • Then she told Jerezano where on his windshield to put the decalcomania, wished him a good day and thanked him for coming to Mexico.

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  • Decorations are applied by decalcomania, hand painting, embossing, etc.

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  • A few years later, he came up with "grattage" (the application of frottage to painting), then "decalcomania" (a kind of random paint spreading), and finally "oscillation," which let a paint-filled perforated can splatter patterns over canvas.

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