a union of promptitude and energy. Determination is the natural consequence of decision. It is the
settling of a thing with a fixed purpose to adhere. Resolution is the necessary result in a mind which is
characterized by firmness. It is a spirit which scatters (resolves) all doubt, and is ready to face danger
or suffering in carrying out one's determinations. Martin Luther was equally distinguished for his prompt
decision, his steadfast determination, and his inflexible resolution.
(De*ci*sive) a. [Cf. F. décisif. See Decision.]
1. Having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive.
"A decisive, irrevocable doom." Bates. "Decisive campaign." Macaulay. "Decisive proof." Hallam.
2. Marked by promptness and decision.
A noble instance of this attribute of the decisive character.J. Foster.
Syn. Decided; positive; conclusive. See Decided.
De*ci"sive*ly, adv. De*ci"sive*ness, n.
(De*ci"so*ry) a. [Cf. F. décisoire. See Decision.] Able to decide or determine; having a tendency
to decide. [R.]
(Dec"i*stere) n. [F. décistère; pref. déci- tenth (fr. L. decimus) + stère a stere.] (Metric System)
The tenth part of the stere or cubic meter, equal to 3.531 cubic feet. See Stere.
(De*cit"i*zen*ize) v. t. To deprive of the rights of citizenship. [R.]
We have no law as the French have to decitizenize a citizen.Edw. Bates.
(De*civ"i*lize) v. t. To reduce from civilization to a savage state. [R.] Blackwood's Mag.
(Deck) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Decking.] [D. dekken to cover; akin to E.
thatch. See Thatch.]
1. To cover; to overspread.
To deck with clouds the uncolored sky.Milton.
2. To dress, as the person; to clothe; especially, to clothe with more than ordinary elegance; to array; to
adorn; to embellish.
Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency.Job xl. 10.
And deck my body in gay ornaments.Shak.
The dew with spangles decked the ground.Dryden.
3. To furnish with a deck, as a vessel.
(Deck), n. [D. dek. See Deck, v.]
1. The floorlike covering of the horizontal sections, or compartments, of a ship. Small vessels have only
one deck; larger ships have two or three decks.
The following are the more common names of the decks of vessels having more than one.