Simple Definition of incise
: to cut or carve (letters, patterns, etc.) into a surface; also : to mark (a surface) by cutting or carving
Full Definition of incise
1 : to cut into
2 a : to carve figures, letters, or devices into : engrave b : to carve (as an inscription) into a surface
Examples of incise
The design is incised into the clay.
The clay is incised to create a design.
Origin of incise
Middle French or Latin; Middle French inciser, from Latin incisus, past participle of incidere, from in- + caedere to cut
First Known Use: 1567
Rhymes with incise
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