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into a deep marsh, from which he could not ex- necessary that the frame of it should be much tricate himself, and perished, with all his army, stronger than that of the others; and, for the by the darts of the barbarians, A. D. 251, after a same reason, the second, or middle-deck, ought reign of two years.

to be stronger than the upper-deck or forecastle. Decius Mus, the name of three patriotic Ro- Ships of the first and second rates are furnished mans, viz. 1. a celebrated consul, who, after many with three whole decks, reaching from the stem glorious exploits, devoted himself to the gods to the stern, besides a forecastle and a quartermanes, for the safety of his country, in a battle deck, which extends from the stern to the mainagainst the Latins, about 340 years before the mast; between which and forecastle, a saAugustan age. 2. His son, Decius Mus, imi- cancy is left in the middle, opening to the upper tated his example, and devoted himself, in like deck, and forming what is called the waist. The manner, in his fourth consulship, when fighting inferior ships of the line-of-battle are equipped against the Gauls and Samnites. 3. His grand- with two decks and a-half; and frigates, sloups, son also did the same in the war against Pyrrhus &c. with one gun-deck and a-half, with a sparand the Tarentines.

deck below to lodge the crew. The decks are DECK, v. a. & n. s. ? Sax. decan, decan; formed and sustained by the beams, the clamps,

DECKER, n. S. S Bel. decken, from Lat. the water-ways, the carlings, the ledges, the knees, tego, tectum. To cover ; to adorn; ornament; and two rows of small pillars, called stanchious, dress. A deck is the covering of a ship's hold. &c. See Ship-BUILDING. His goodly image, liuing eueriore

Deck, Flusu, implies a continued floor laid In the diuine resemblaunce of your face,

from stem to stern, upon one line, without any Which with your vertues ye embellish more,

stops or intervals. And natiue beauty deck with heuenlie grace.

Deck, Half, a space under the quarter-deck

Spenser. Sonnets. We have also raised our second decks, and given most bulk-head of the steerage and the forepart

of a ship of war, contained between the foremore vent thereby to our ordnance, trying on our nether overloop.

Raleigh.

of the quarter-deck. In the colliers of NorthSweet ornament ! that decks a thing divine.

umberland, the steerage itself is called the halfShakspeare.

deck, and is usually the habitation of the crew. Long may'st thou live to wail thy children's loss, DECKENDORF, a town of Bavaria, near And see another, as I see thee now,

the Danube. In the year 1633 it was taken by Decked in thy rights, as thou art stalled in mine. the troops of the duke of Saxe-Weimar, and re

Id. taken by the Swedes in 1641. It is twenty-eight Her keel plows hell,

miles north-west of Passau, and thirty-eight And deck knocks heaven.

Ben Jonson.

E.S. E. of Ratisbon. Long. 12° 55' E., lat. The ruder Satyre should go ragged and bare, 46° 50' N. And show his rougher and his hairy hide,

DECLA'IM, v. a. & n. Fr. declamer ; Ital. Tho' mine be smooth, and deckt in carelesse pride. Bp. Hall. Defiance to Envy.

Decla’IMER, n, s. declamatore ; of Lat.

DECLA'IMING, n. s. declamo, from de and Ye mists and exhalations, that now rise

DECLAMATION,

clamo, 10 call aloud. From hill or steaming lake, dusky or grey,

Decla'M ATORY, adj. - To harangue; to Till the sun paint your feecy skirts with gold; In honour to the world's great Author, rise!

speak with formality or vehemence; to address Whether to deck with clouds the uncoloured sky,

the passions rather than the judgment. SomeOr wet the thirsty earth with falling showers,

times a college theme or composition is termed Rising or falling, still advance his praise. Milton. particularly, a declamation.

Now the dew with spangles decked the ground, The cause why declamutions prevail so greatly, is, A sweeter spot of earth was never found. Dryden. for that men suffer themselves to be deluded. At sun-set to their ship they make return,

Hooker. And snore secure on decks till rosy morn.

What are his mischiefs, consul? You declaim

Id. Æneid. Against his manners, and corrupt your own. If any, born and bred under deck, had no other in

Ben Jonson. formation but what sense affords, he would be of opi This a while suspended his interment, and became nion that the ship was as stable as a house.

a declamatory theme amongst the religious men of that Glanville. age.

Wotton. Besides gems, many other sorts of stones are re

Thou mayest forgive his anger, while thou makest gularly figured : the amianthus, of parallel threads, use of the plainness of his declamation. Taylor. as in the pile of velvet; and the selenites, of parallel He has run himself into his own declamatory way, plates, as in a deck of cards.

Grew. and almost forgotten that he was now setting up for It was intended by the means of these precepts, not

a moral poet.

Dryden. to deck the mind with ornaments, but to protect it The splendid declaimings of novices and men of heatfrom nakedness; not to enrich it with afluence, but

South. to supply it with necessaries.

It is usual for masters to make their boys declaim on Johnson. Preface to Preceptor. both sides of an argument.

Swift. Deck, the planked foors of a ship, which Your salamander is a perpetual declaimer against connect the sides together, and serve as different jealousy.

Addison. platforms to support the artillery and lodge the Who could, I say, hear this generous declamator, men; as also to preserve the cargo from the sea, without being fired at his noble zeal ? Tatler: in merchant-vessels. As all ships are broader Dress up all the virtues in the beauties of ora. at the lower deck than on the next above it, and tory, and declaim al ud on the praise of goodness. as the cannon thereof are always heaviest, it is

Watts.

I every week imposed upon myself a task of com These blessings are not only declaratory of the good posing a theme or a declamation in Latin or English. pleasure and intention of God towards them, but like. I had great pleasure in lately finding among my pa wise of the natural tendency of the thing. Tillotson. pers two of these declamations ; there is nothing excel

There are no where so plain and full declarations lent in either of them, yet I cannot help valuiug them, of mercy and love to the sens of men, as are made in

Bishop Watson.
the gospel.

Id. DECLAMATION may be defined a speech made

The sun by certain signs declares, in public, in the tone and manner of an oration, Both when the south projects a stormy day, uniting the expression of action to the propriety And when the clearing north will puff the cloud away. of pronunciation, in order to give the sentiment

Dryden's Virgil. its full impression upon the mind. See Ora

God is said not to have left himself without witness TORY. The word is now principally used in a

in the world; there being something fixed in the na. derogatory sense.

ture of men, that will be sure to testify and declare DECLA'RE, v a. & v.n.) Fr. declarer; Span. for him.

South's Sermons. DECLARABLE, adj. and Port. declarar ; Though wit and learning are certain and habitual DECLARATION, n. s. Lat. declaro, of de perfections of the mind, yet the declaration of them, DECLARATIVE, adj.

and clarus, clear. which alone brings the repute, is subject to a thousand DECLARATORY, adj. To make clear, plain, hazards.

South. DECLA'BATORILY, adv. or well known. As

To this we may add the vox populi, so declarative DECLA'REDLY, adv. a neuter verb, with on the same side.

Swift. DECLA'REMENT, n. S. for or against, to pub A declared gout is the distemper of a gentleman; DECLA'RER,

Tish an opinion or re- whereas, the rheumatism is the distemper of a hackneyDeclaʼking, part. j solution. That is de- coachman or chairman, who are obliged to be out at clarable which is capable of proof: declaration all weathers, and in all hours. Chesterfield. and declarement, the instrumeni or act of making

I have had and used the opportunities of converging a thing clear or known: declarative is ex

with inen of the greatest wisdom and fullest experience planatory: declaratorily, in the form of a decla- in those matters, and I do declare to you most solemnly ration : declaratory, afirmative, or that which and most truly, that on the result of this reading, openly expresses a doubtful, obscure sense, or thinking, experience, and communication, I am not law: declaredly, avowedly. Declaring, as a sub- able to come to an immediate resolution in favour of stantive, is synonymous with declaration. a change of the groundwork of our constitution.

Burke. Declare his glory among the heathen.

1 Chron. xvi. 24. My declared opposition to the increased and increasWhich things, the most part of our old martyrsing influence of the Crown had made a great impresrather than they would doe, or once kneel or offer up* sion on His Majesty's mind; for on the day I did che crumbe of incence before an image, suffered most homage, he asked the Duke of Rutland if his friend erewell and terrible deaths, as the histories of them at the Bishop of Landaff was not a great enemy to the large do declare.

influence of the Crown.

Bishop Watson. Homilies. Sermon against Perill of Idolatry.

DECLINE', v. a., v. n. &. n s. Fr. decliAnd bi tbree sabotis he declaride to hem of scrip DECLEN'SION, n. s.

ner; Span. turis, and openyde and schewide, that it bihofte crist

Declin’able, adj.

and Port.delo sufre, and rise aghen fro deeth.

Declina'tion, n. s.

clinar ; Ital. Wiclif. Dedi. 17. Declin’ator,

declinaire ; Noaght may the woful spirit in myn herte

DecliN'ATORY.

Lat. declino, Declare of point of all my sorwes smerte

from deorsum, downwards, and clino, to bind; you my lady, that I love most, But I bequethe the service of my gost.

Gr. Kleyw. - Minsheu. To bend downwards; Chaucer. Cant. Tales. to bring down ; to shun; avoid; sink: as a neuter They on humble knee

verb, to lean or incline downward; to deviate; Making obeysaunce, did the cause declare

to sink ; decay. Decline, as well as declension, Why they were come her roiall state to see,

signifies also the state of decrease, or alteration To prove the wide report of her great maiestce. for the worse; a tendency to a less degree of

Spenser. ' Faerie Queene. excellence ; descent. Declinable is principally His promises are nothing else but declarations what a term of grammar, and expresses that quality of God will do for the good of men.

Hooker. words whereby they can be traced to their roots. In Cæsar's army somewhat the soldiers would have Declination, and declinator, are also scientific had, yet they would not declare themselves in it, but terms, for which see the articles following: Gtly demanded a discharge.

Bacon.

Neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after This is declarable from the best writers. Browne. many, to wrest judgment.

Exodus xxiii. 2. Crystal will calefy into electricity; that is, into a And now fair Phæbus 'gan decline in haste power to attract straws, or light bodies; and convert

His weary waggon to the western vale. Spenser. the needle freely placed, which is a declarement of very different parts.

The queen, hearing of the declination of a moAndreas Alciatus the civilian, and Franciscus de narchy, took it so ill, as she would never after hear

of his suit.

Bacon. Cardaa, have both declaratorily confirmed the same.

Id. Vulgar Errours. They'll be by the fire, and presume to know To declare this a little, we must assume that the What's don i' th' capitol ; who's like to rise, sarfaces of such bodies are exactly smooth. Buyle. Who thrives, and who declines. Shakspeare.

The internal faculties of will and understanding Sons at perfect age, and fathers declining, the father decreeing and declaring against them. Taylor. should be as a ward to the son.

Id.

To

Id.

A beauty-waining and distressed widow,

This praise, 0 Cheronean sage, is thine ! Even in the afternoon of her best days,

Why should this praise to thee alone belong? Seduced the pitch and height of all his thoughts, All else from Nature's moral path decline, To base declension.

Id. Richard III. Lured by the toys that captivate the throng. Since the muses do invoke my power,

Beattie. I shall no more decline that sacred hower,

Statues of glass—all shivered—the long file Where Gloriana, their great mistress, lies. Waller. Of her dead Doges are declined to dust ; Hope waits upon the flow'ry prime;

But where they dwelt, the vast and sumptuous pile And summer, though it be less gay,

Bespeaks the pageant of their splendid trust. Yet is not looked on as a time

Byron. Of declination or decay.

Id. Sometimes nations will decline so low

Declination, in astronomy, is either north From virtue, which is reason, that no wrong,

or south, and either true or apparent, accordBut justice, and some fatal curse annexed, ing as the real or apparent place of the object is Deprives them of their outward liberty. Milton. considered. See ASTRONOMY. And nature, which all acts of life designs,

DECLIVITY, n. S. Old Fr. declirité ; Not like ill poets, in the last declines. Denhum.

DECLIVOUS, adj. 3 from the Lat. decliris, He had wisely declined' that argument, though in declino. See Decline. Descent; obliquity; their common sermons they gave it. Clarendon. downwards; gradual descent, opposed to ac

If it should be said that minute bodies are indis- clivity. soluble, because it is their nature to be so,

that would not be to render a reason of the thing proposed, but,

Rivers will not flow unless upon declivity, and their in effect, to decline rendering any.

Boyle.
sources be raised above the earth's ordinary surface,

Woodward. That a peccant creature should disapprove and re

so that they may run upon a descent. pent of every declination and violation of the rules of I found myself within my depth ; and the declijust and honest, this right reason, discoursing upon vity was so small, that I walked near a mile before I the stock of its own principles, could not but infer.

got to the shore.

Gulliver's Travels. South's Sermons.

And on thy happy shore a temple still, Thus then my loved Euryalus appears;

Of small and delicate proportion, keeps,
He looks the prop

of
my derlining years ! Dryden.

Upon a mild declivity of hill,
Autumnal warmth declines ;
Ere heat is quite decayed, or cold begun. Id.

Its memory of thee; beneath it sleeps
Thy current's calmness.

Byron. . There is no declination of latitude, nor variation of the elevation of the pole, notwithstanding what some

DECOCT, v. a. Fr. decoction; Ital. dehave asserted.

Woodward.

Decoction, n. s. coctione ; Span.decocion; Thy rise of fortune did I only wed,

DECOCTIBLE, adj. from Lat. decoctus, of de From its decline determined to recede. Prior. DECOCTURE, n. s.

and coquo, to seethe. To We may reasonably allow as much for the declen extract the virtues of any thing by boiling, or sion of the land from that place to the sea, as for the heat. Shakspeare uses it, barbarously enough, immediate height of the mountain. Burnet's Theory. for strengthening by boiling; decoction is the Those fathers lived in the decline of literature. act of boiling to extract the virtue, or the pre

Swift. paration decocted; and the latter seems the Faith and mcrality are declined among us.

Id. meaning also of decocture, God, in his wisdom, hath been pleased to load onr Sena loseth its windiness by decocting ; and subtile declining years with many sufferings, with diseases, or windy spirits are taken off by incension or evapoand decays of nature. Id. ration.

Васот. , Whatever they judged to be most agreeable or dis In infusion, the longer it is, the greater is the part agreeable, they would pursue or decline. Atterbury. of the gross body that goeth into the liquor : but in

Supposing there were a declination of atoms, yet will decoction, though more goeth forth, yet it either it not effect what they intend; for then they do all purgeth at the top, or settleth at the bottom. Bacon. decline, and so there will be no more concourse than Can sodden water, their barley broth, if they did perpendicularly descend.

Ray. Decoct their cold blood to such valiant heat ? You decline musa, and construe Latin, by the help

Shakspeare. of a tutor, or with some English translation. Watts.

They distil their husbands' land There are several ways to know the several planes; In decoctions, and are manned but the readiest is by an instrument called a declina

With ten empirics, in their chamber tory, fitted to the variation of your place. Moron.

Lying for the spirit of amber. Ben Junson. Declension is only the variation or change of the

There she decocts, and doth the food prepare ; termination of a noun, whilst it continues to signify

There she distributes it to every vein;
the same thing.
Clarke's Latin Grammar.
There she expels what she may fitly spare.

Daries.
And leaves the semblance of a lover, fixt
In melancholy deep, with head declined,

The lineaments of a white lily will remain after And love-dejected eyes.

Thomson.
the strongest decoction.

Arbuthnot. The surest way to conquer, is sometimes to decline

DECOLLATE, v. a. ?

Fr. decoller. From a battle ; to weary out the enemy, by keeping him at

DECOLLATION, n. $.

Lat. decollatio, de and bay.

Mason.

collum, the neck. To behead; a beheading, or But, though the felon on his back could dare

decapitation. Applied also metaphorically The dreadful leap, more rational, his steed Declined the death, and wheeling swiftly round, A fine piece (a painting) of a decollated head of Or e'er his hoof had pressed the crumbling verge.

St. John the Baptist was shewn to a Turkish EmpeCouper.

ror; he praised many things, bui he observed that

the skia did not shrink from the wounded part of the DECORATE, n. a. Fr. decorer ; Ital. deDeci,

Burke on the Sublime. Decor'a ment, n. s. (corature ; from Lat. deHe by a decollation of all hope, annihilated his

Decora'tion, n. S.

coro, of decus, honor. To mercy; this, by an immoderancy thereof, destroyed

Dec'ORATER adorn, beautify, dress, his justice.

Brown.

embellish. Decorament seems synonymous with

decoration. DECOMPOSE, v. a. Fr. decomposer ; DECOMPOS'ITE, adj. Lat. decompono,

The ensigns of virtues contribute to the ornament Decompo:'ITION, n. s.

of

of figures ; such as the decorations belonging to the liS decomposite beral arts, and to war.

Dryden. DECOMPOUND, v. a. & adj.) de and compono, compasu, to Compose, which see. To compound

After all, to inherit is not to acquire, to decorate is a second time, to dissolve (chemically), seem

not to make.

Johnson. alike the meaning of both verbs. Decomposite and DE'COROUS, adj. ? Lat. decorus, decet, decompound, as adjectives, mean compounded a Decoʻrum, n. s. it becometh. See DEsecond time. Decomposition, the act or practice CORATE. Befitting, becoming, proper, suitable of so compounding, or a resolution of the parts to character or station, therefore decorum is beof things chemically.

coming gravity and seemliness of behaviour. Decemposites of three metals, or more, are too long

If your master to enquire of, except there be some compositions of Would have a queen his beggar, you must tell him them already observed.

Bacon. That majesty, to keep decorum, must

No less beg than a kingdom. The pretended salts and sulphur are so far from

Shakspeare. being elementary parts extracted out of the body of I am far from suspecting simplicity, which is bold mercury, that they are rather, to borrow a term of to trespass in points of decorum.

Wotton. the grammarians, decompound bodies, made up of the

Every one is a virtuoso, of a higher or lower dewhole metal and the menstruum, or other additaments employed to disguise it.

Boyle.

gree : every one pursues a Grace, and courts a Venus

of one kind or another. The venestums, the honesWe consider what happens in the compositions and tums, the decorum of things, will force its way. eccompasitions of saline particles. Id.

Shaftesbury. No body should use any compound or decompound Beyond the fixed and settled rules of the substantial verbs. Arbuthnot and Pope.

Of vice and virtue in the schools,

The better sort shall set before 'em When a Ford stands for a very complex iilea, that

A grace, a manner, a decorum.

Prior. is compounded and decompounded, it is not easy for men to form and retain that idea exactly, Locke. Gentlemen of the army should be, at least, obliged

to external decorum: a profligate life and character If the violet, blue, and green be intercepted, the should not be a means of advancement. Swift. remaining yellow, orange, and red will compound upon the paper an orange; and then if the intercepted co It is not so decorous, in respect of God, that he lours be let pass, they will fall upon this compounded should immediately do all the meanest and trifíngest oratge, and, together with it, decompound a white. things himself, without any inferiour or subordinate Newton. minister.

Ray. Bees' Fax becomes bleached by exposure to the

If the prudence of reserve and decorum dictates sisub and dews in a similar manner as metals become

lence in some circumstances, in others prudence of a caleined or rusty, viz., by the water on their surface

higher order may justify us in speaking our thoughts.

Burke. being decomposed ; and hence the inflammable mate

No band of friends or heirs be ere,
rial which caused the colour becomes united with vital
air forming a new acid, and is washed away.

To weep, or wish, the coming blow.
Darwin.

No maiden, with disshevelled hair,

To feel, or feign, decorous woe. Beattie, lo preparing the salt from the brine, there is a refuse part, which is formed by the separation and de

DECORTICATE, v. a. ? Lat. decortico.composition of the grosser particles from the pure salt. Decortica'tion, n. s. To divest of the

Sir T. Barnard. bark or husk; to busk; to peel; to strip. DECOMPOSITION, in chemistry, usually signi Take great barley, dried and decorticated, after it is fies the disunion or separation of the constituent well washed, and boil it in water,

Arbuthnot. parts of bodies. It differs from mere mechanical division, in that, when a body is chemically de

DECOY, v. a. & 11. s. 7 From Goth. duck and
Decor'-DUCK, n. s.

i kui, or Dut. koey, a composed, the parts into which it is resolved are essentially different from the body itself; but and hence to entrap or ensnare generally. The

cage. To entrap ducks into a net, or otherwise ; though a mechanical force is applied to it ever decoy-duck is the instrument of lure.

See so long, or if with ever so much violence, the

below. minutest particles into which the body may be reduced, still retain their original nature. Thus, A fowler had taken a partridge, who offered to delet nitre be reduced to ever so fine a powder, coy her companions into the snare. L'Estrange. each particle retains the nature of nitre as much

These exuberant productions of the earth became a as the compounded mass; but, if oil of vitriol is continual decoy and snare : they only excited and foapplied, a decomposition takes place, and one of mented lusts.

Woodward. the largest component parts of the nitre rises in The Devil could never have had such numbers, had the form of a smoking acid spirit, which never he not used some as decoys to ensnare others. could have been suspected to lie hid in the neu

Government of the Tongue. tral salt. See CHEMISTRY.

An old dramdrinker is the Devil's decoy. Berkeley.

crease.

There is a sort of ducks, called decoy-ducks, that will in number by the recent drainage of many of the bring whole flights of fowl to their retirements, where fenny parts of England. are conveniences made for catching them.

DECREASE,v.a.&n. &n.s. Lat. decresco,
Mortimer.
De'CREMENT, n. s.

from de, and Decoyed by the fantastic blaze,

DECRESCENT, adj.

cresco, to inNow lost, and now renewed, he sinks absorpt,

To make less; diminish : as a neuter Rider and horse.

Thomson.

verb, to grow less; be diminished. The state or A stified smile of stern vindictive joy

act of growing less : decrement is the quantity Brightened one moment Edwin's starting tear,

lost in decrease; and decrescent, growing less. But why should gold man's feeble mind decoy

From the moon is the sign of feasts, a light that deAnd innocence thus die by doom severe ? Beattie. creaseth in her perfection.

Eccles. xliii. 7.

He did dishononrable find Decoy, among fowlers, a place made for catch

Those articles, which did our state decrease. ing wild fowl. A decoy is generally made where

Daniel. there is a large sheet of water surrounded with See in what time the seeds, set in the increase of wood, and beyond that a marshy and unculti- the moon, come to a certain height, and how they difvated coụntry. As soon as the evening sets in, fer from those that are set in the decrease of the moon.

Bacon. the decoy rises, as they term it, and the wild fowl feed during the night. The decoy-ducks

Unto fifty years, as they said, the heart annually are fed with hemp seed, which is thrown over the increaseth the weight of one drachm; after which, in skreens in small quantities, to bring them for the same proportion, it decreaseth.

Browne's Vulgar Errours. wards into the pipes or canals, and to allure the

Upon the tropick, and first descension from our solwild fowl to follow, as this seed floats. There stice, we are scarce sensible of declination ; but deare several pipes, as they are called, which lead clining farther, our decrement accelerates : we set up a narrow ditch that closes at last with a fun- apace, and in our last days precipitate into our graves. nel net. Over these pipes, which grow par

Id. rower from their first entrance, is a continued Rocks, mountains, and the other elevations of the arch of netting suspended on hoops. It is neces earth, suffer a continual decrement, and grow lover and sary to have a pipe or ditch for almost every

lower.

Woodward. wind that can blow, as upon this circumstance it

By weakening toil and hoary age o'ercome,

Prior. depends which pipe the fowl will take to; and

See thy decrease, and hasten to thy tomb.

Heat increases the fluidity of tenacious liquids, as the decuy-man always keeps on the leeward side

of oil, balsam, and honey; and thereby decreases their of the ducks, to prevent his effluvia reaching their

resistance.

Newton. sagacious nostrils. All along each pipe, at cer

When the sun comes to his tropicks, days increase tain intervals, are placed skreens made of reeds, and decrease but a very little for a great while together, so situated, that it is impossible the wild-fowl

Id. should see the decoy.man, before they have They who are now, like the Baptist, burning and passed on towards the end of the pipe, where the shining lights, must like him gradually decrease, wbile purse-net is placed. The inducement of the others are increasing about them. wild-fowl to go up one of these pipes is, because

Doddridge's Expositor. the decoy-ducks trained to this lead the way, DECREE', v. a., v. n. & n. s. Fr. decret, either after hearing the whistle of the decoy-man, DECREʼTAL,

and decreter; or enticed by the hemp-seed: the latter will dive Decre'TIST,

Span. Ital.and under water, whilst the wild-fowl fly on, and are Decre’TORY,

Port. decreto ; taken in the purse net. It often happens, how- from Lat. decretum ; qu. Gr. xpivw, to judge. To ever, that the wild-fowl are in such a state of doom or decide formally or publicly; to make sleepiness and dozing, that they will not follow an edict; to establish by law; resolve. A dethe decoy-duck. Use is then generally made of cree is the edict, law, rule, or decision. Decrea dog, who is taught his lesson; he passes back- tal, a book of decrees or laws, and particularly of wards and forwards between the reed-skreens, in the popes : decretist, he who professedly studies which are little holes, both for the decoy-man to or is skilled in the decretals : decretory, judicial, see, and the dog to pass through; this attracts decisive, final. the eye of the wild-fowl, who, not choosing to be When he made a decree for the rain, and a way interrupted, advance towards the small and con- for the lightning of the thunder. Job xxviii. 26. temptible animal, that they may drive him away.

There went a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that al The dog all the time, by the direction of the the world should be taxed.

Luke ii. 1. decoy-man, plays among the screens of reeds,

They shall see the end of the wise, and shall not nearer and nearer the purse-net; till at last the

understand what God in his counsel hath decreed of man appears behind a screen, and the wild-fowl him.

Wisdom iv, not daring to pass by him in return, nor being

The second room, whose walls able to escape upwards, on account of the net Were painted fair with memorable gests covering, rush on into the net. . Sometimes the Of magistrates, of courts, of tribunals, dog will not attract their attention, if a red band Of laws, of judgments, and of decretals. Spenser. kerchief, or something very singular, is not put If you deny me, fie upon your law! about him. The general season for catching There is no force in the decrees of Venice. fowls in decoy, is from the end of October till

Shakspeare. February. Decoys are commonly let at a certain Traditions and decretals were made of equal force, annual rent, and yield large quantities of ducks, and as authentical as the sacre charter itself. wigeons, and teal; but they have been diminished

Howel's Vocal Forest.

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