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2016年10月18日 | 英語の本を読む

Reader's Digest 8月号の記事からの引用です。
Tips for Storing Leftover Paint
A small amount of paint will keep better if you decant it into a jar with a screw-top lid.
この "decant" は動詞ですが、ワインのデカンターを連想させます。辞書で意味を調べます。
・Oxford English Dictionary: Gradually pour (liquid, typically wine or a solution) from one container into another, especially without disturbing the sediment: the wine was decanted about 40 minutes before being served
・Vocabulary.com: The verb decant means "to pour." Kids moving water back and forth between two cups, your dad pouring a bucket of soapy water in the sink, or a wine expert emptying a bottle of wine into a fancy glass container -- all of them are decanting liquids.
When you decant, pronounced "dee-CANT," something by slowly pouring it from one bottle to another, you may feel a little bit like a mad scientist or an alchemist. That image would be appropriate, since early on decant was used by alchemists to describe the process of separating a liquid from a sediment by careful pouring. Today, wine lovers do just that -- decanting wine to avoid any solid bits -- but pouring any liquid can be described as decanting.

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