Decimosexto to Declinal
(Dec`i*mo*sex"to) n. [Prop., in sixteenth; fr. L. decimus tenth + sextus sixth.] A book
consisting of sheets, each of which is folded into sixteen leaves; hence, indicating, more or less definitely,
a size of book; - - usually written 16mo or 16°.
(Dec`i*mo*sex"to), a. Having sixteen leaves to a sheet; as, a decimosexto form, book,
(De"cine) n. [From L. decem ten.] (Chem.) One of the higher hydrocarbons, C10H15, of the
acetylene series; called also decenylene.
(De*ci"pher) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deciphered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Deciphering.] [Pref. de- +
cipher. Formed in imitation of F. déchiffrer. See Cipher.]
1. To translate from secret characters or ciphers into intelligible terms; as, to decipher a letter written in
2. To find out, so as to be able to make known the meaning of; to make out or read, as words badly
written or partly obliterated; to detect; to reveal; to unfold.
3. To stamp; to detect; to discover. [R.]
You are both deciphered, . . .Shak.
(De*ci"pher*a*ble) a. Capable of being deciphered; as, old writings not decipherable.
(De*ci"pher*er) n. One who deciphers.
(De*ci"pher*ess) n. A woman who deciphers.
(De*ci"pher*ment) n. The act of deciphering.
(De*cip"i*en*cy) n. [L. decipiens, p. pr. of decipere. See Deceive.] State of being deceived; hallucination.
[Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
(De*cip"i*um) n. [NL., fr. L. decipere to deceive.] (Chem.) A supposed rare element, said
to be associated with cerium, yttrium, etc., in the mineral samarskite, and more recently called samarium.
Symbol Dp. See Samarium.
(De*ci"sion) n. [L. decisio, fr. decidere, decisum: cf. F. décision. See Decide.]
1. Cutting off; division; detachment of a part. [Obs.] Bp. Pearson.
2. The act of deciding; act of settling or terminating, as a controversy, by giving judgment on the matter
at issue; determination, as of a question or doubt; settlement; conclusion.
The decision of some dispute.Atterbury.
3. An account or report of a conclusion, especially of a legal adjudication or judicial determination of a
question or cause; as, a decision of arbitrators; a decision of the Supreme Court.
4. The quality of being decided; prompt and fixed determination; unwavering firmness; as, to manifest
Syn. Decision, Determination, Resolution. Each of these words has two meanings, one implying
the act of deciding, determining, or resolving; and the other a habit of mind as to doing. It is in the last
sense that the words are here compared. Decision is a cutting short. It implies that several courses of
action have been presented to the mind, and that the choice is now finally made. It supposes, therefore,