verb in·cise \in-ˈsīz, -ˈsīs\

: to cut or carve (letters, patterns, etc.) into a surface; also : to mark (a surface) by cutting or carving


Full Definition of INCISE

transitive verb
:  to cut into
a :  to carve figures, letters, or devices into :  engrave
b :  to carve (as an inscription) into a surface

Examples of INCISE

  1. The design is incised into the clay.
  2. 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

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INCISE Defined for Kids


verb in·cise \in-ˈsīz\

Definition of INCISE for Kids

:  to cut into :  carve, engrave <A design was incised in clay.>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb in·cise \in-ˈsīz, -ˈsīs\

Medical Definition of INCISE

:  to cut into :  make an incision in <incised the swollen tissue>


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