Main definitions of decollate in English

: decollate1decollate2

decollate1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]archaic
  • Behead (someone)

    ‘the murderer is instantly decollated’
    • ‘Upon taking off the cloth he beheld a human head just decollated.’
    • ‘The murderer is instantly decollated.’
    • ‘You may remember him as the photographer from ‘The Omen’ who gets spectacularly decollated by a pane of glass…’
    behead, cut off the head of, guillotine, put on the block
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

decollate

/dɪˈkɒleɪt//ˈdɛkəleɪt/

Main definitions of decollate in English

: decollate1decollate2

decollate2

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Mechanically separate sheets of paper into different piles.

    • ‘The Martin Yale 950 desktop decollator is capable of decollating three-part (five-ply) carbon-interleaved forms.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

1960s: from de- ‘away from’ + collate.

Pronunciation

decollate

/ˌdiːkəˈleɪt/