Definition of incise
1 : to cut into
2a : to carve figures, letters, or devices into : engraveb : to carve (something, such as an inscription) into a surface
Examples of incise in a Sentence
The design is incised into the clay.
The clay is incised to create a design.
Recent Examples of incise from the Web
All the young swans in the country were once upped each summer, the last joint of one wing cut away to render them flightless, and patterns incised in their bills or webbed feet to establish ownership.
The stone in front of the entrance is a large oval that has been carefully incised with carved connecting spirals.
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Origin and Etymology of incise
Middle French or Latin; Middle French inciser, from Latin incisus, past participle of incidere, from in- + caedere to cut
First Known Use: 1567See Words from the same year
INCISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of incise for English Language Learners
: to cut or carve (letters, patterns, etc.) into a surface; also : to mark (a surface) by cutting or carving
INCISE Defined for Kids
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