What does decalcomania mean?

Definitions for decalcomania
dɪˌkæl kəˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yəde·cal·co·ma·nia

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decal, decalcomania(noun)

    either a design that is fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design which is to be transferred to the surface

  2. decalcomania(noun)

    the art of transfering designs from specially prepared paper to a wood or glass or metal surface


  1. decalcomania(Noun)

    The process of transferring decorative designs onto surfaces using decals

  2. Origin: From décalcomanie

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decalcomania(noun)

    alt. of Decalcomanie


  1. Decalcomania

    Decalcomania, from the French décalcomanie, is a decorative technique by which engravings and prints may be transferred to pottery or other materials. It was invented in England about 1750 and imported into the United States at least as early as 1865. Its invention has been attributed to Simon François Ravenet, an engraver from France who later moved to England and perfected the process, which he called "decalquer". The first known use of the French term décalcomanie, in Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Eleanor's Victory, was followed by the English decalcomania in an 1865 trade show catalog; it was popularized during the ceramic transfer craze of the mid-1870s. Today the shortened version is "Decal". The surrealist Oscar Domínguez took up the technique in 1936, using gouache spread thinly on a sheet of paper or other surface, which is then pressed onto another surface such as a canvas. Dominguez used black gouache, though colours later made their appearance. German artist Max Ernst also practiced decalcomania, as did Hans Bellmer and Remedios Varo.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Decalcomania

    dē-kal-kō-mā′ni-a, n. the process of transferring pictures to marble, glass, wood, &c. [Fr.]

Editors Contribution

  1. decalcomania

    Aerospace and machinery and manufacturing of machinery: The process of using identification plates, name plates and other items containing lettering or images on macjinery parts to provide positive identication of these parts for users and maintainers. The wording or lettering on the plate is commonly referred to the "legend".

    For example, on a hydraulic braking system one tube might be identified with a label that says "PRESSURE" and another might be identified with a label that says "RETURN".

    Submitted by anonymous on September 6, 2018  


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decalcomania in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decalcomania in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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