decoy meaning

Pronunciation:   "decoy" in a sentence
Noun: decoy  di'koy
  1. A beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)
    - steerer 
  2. Something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
    - bait, lure
Verb: decoy  di'koy
  1. Lure or entrap with or as if with a decoy

Derived forms: decoyed, decoying, decoys

Type of: accomplice, beguiler, cheat, cheater, confederate, deceiver, device, entice, lure, slicker, tempt, trickster

Part of: trap

Encyclopedia: Decoy

noun [C]

(Marketing ) = SEED noun (2)

An imitation in any sense of a person, object, or phenomenon which is intended to deceive enemy surveillance devices or mislead enemy evaluation.
Also called dummy.


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  1. these pellets could burst the decoy balloons that would accompany a swarm of warheads.
  2. the use of ozawa's impotent carriers as a decoy force was brilliant.
  3. a probe into legislation of decoy investigation
  4. shouldn't this be enough to decoy the bomb raid
  5. sensei says, " the first one is always a decoy.

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