from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To extract the flavor of by boiling.
- transitive v. To make concentrated; boil down.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make an infusion
- v. To reduce, or concentrate by boiling down
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To prepare by boiling; to digest in hot or boiling water; to extract the strength or flavor of by boiling; to make an infusion of.
- transitive v. To prepare by the heat of the stomach for assimilation; to digest; to concoct.
- transitive v. To warm, strengthen, or invigorate, as if by boiling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To prepare by boiling; digest in hot or boiling water; extract the strength or flavor of by boiling.
- To digest in the stomach.
- To warm as if by boiling; heat up; excite.
- To concoct; devise.
- Cooked; digested.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. steep in hot water
- v. be cooked until very little liquid is left
- v. extract the essence of something by boiling it
Middle English decocten, to boil, from Latin dēcoquere, dēcoct-, to boil down or away : dē-, de- + coquere, to boil, to cook; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French, from Latin decoquō ("I boil down"), from de- + coquō. (Wiktionary)