Definition of decating
: a textile process for adding luster to cloth (as woolen and worsted) and for setting the nap and size by winding it on perforated rollers and circulating hot water or steam through it
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of decating
decating from French décatir to steam, remove a stiff finish from (from dé- de-—from Old French des-—+ catir to press, from assumed Vulgar Latin coactire to press together, from Latin coactus, past participle of cogere to drive together, compel) + English -ing; decatizing from French décatir + English -ize + -ing — more at cogent
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up decating? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).