There are 2 main definitions of decollate in English:

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decollate 1

Pronunciation: /dəˈkäˌlāt/

verb

[with object] archaic
Behead (someone).
Example sentences
  • You may remember him as the photographer from ‘The Omen’ who gets spectacularly decollated by a pane of glass…
  • The murderer is instantly decollated.
  • Upon taking off the cloth he beheld a human head just decollated.

Derivatives

decollation

Pronunciation: /ˌdekəˈlāSH(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • The decollation of St. Paul.
  • [He] strenuously denied the painlessness of decollation by the guillotine.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin decollat- 'beheaded', from the verb decollare, from de- (expressing removal) + collum 'neck'.

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Syllabification: de·col·late

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There are 2 main definitions of decollate in English:

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decollate 2

Pronunciation: /ˈdekəˌlāt/
/ˈdēkəˌlāt/

verb

[no object]
Separate sheets of paper, such as multi-ply computer paper, into different piles.
Example sentences
  • We have no more need for bursting and decollating multi-part stationery or lining up pre-printed stationery.
  • The symptoms reported by three of approximately 15 persons in the department were thought to be caused by decollating carbonless copy paper.
  • The Martin Yale 950 desktop decollator is capable of decollating three-part (five-ply) carbon-interleaved forms.

Derivatives

decollation

Pronunciation: /ˌdekəˈlāSH(ə)n/
/ˌdēkəˈlāSH(ə)n/
noun

decollator

Pronunciation: /-ˌlātər/
noun
Example sentences
  • Sets up, operates, and maintains multi-station decollator for separating computer printouts and carbons.
  • The 6022 is a high volume, variable speed decollator, capable of separating up to 430 A4 forms per minute.
  • The Ameraseal FD 510 is a two part tabletop decollator ideal for low to medium volume jobs.

Origin

1960s: from de- 'away from' + collate.

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Syllabification: de·col·late

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