American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To extract the flavor of by boiling.
- v. To make concentrated; boil down.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. To prepare by the heat of the stomach for assimilation; to digest; to concoct.
- v. rare To warm, strengthen, or invigorate, as if by boiling.
- v. steep in hot water
- v. be cooked until very little liquid is left
- v. extract the essence of something by boiling it
- Old French, from Latin decoquō ("I boil down"), from de- + coquō. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Pao-yü, on one hand, hastened to direct a servant to go and decoct them, and, on the other, he heaved a sigh.”
“After 15 minutes, decoct one-third of the mash, bringing it slowly to a boil over 20 to 25 minutes.”
“And to say the truth, remembering that Dr. Swinnerton himself never appeared to triturate or decoct or do anything else with the mysterious herbs, our old friend was inclined to imagine the weighty commendation of their virtues to have been the idly solemn utterance of mental aberration at the hour of death.”
“Take flower-de-luces, stalk, blossom, root, together; then decoct them over a slack fire; and with the liquid bathe your eyes several times a day; you will most certainly be cured of that weakness; but see that you purge first, and then go forward with the lotion.”
“I may decoct an essence in yonder furnace that will transmute the basest metal into gold.”
“Dr. Swinnerton himself never appeared to triturate or decoct or do anything else with the mysterious herbs, our old friend was inclined to imagine the weighty commendation of their virtues to have been the idly solemn utterance of mental aberration at the hour of death.”
“Mr. Trummer and Ms. Tierney have been trading legal papers since last year over ownership of the cocktail haunt, where bartenders in white lab coats decoct botanical-and-herb-infused elixirs from laboratory beakers.”
“On the 2d of _June_, being still rather weak, he was ordered decoct.cort. ℥ ii. ter de die; and on the”
“To take a cathart. powder every 4th morning, continuing the decoct.”
“Gosling, “to decoct, an that be the word, his pound into a penny and his webs into a thread. —”
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