in·​cise | \ in-ˈsīz How to pronounce incise (audio) , -ˈsīs \
incised; incising

Definition of incise

transitive verb

1a : to carve (something, such as an inscription) into a surface
b : to carve figures, letters, or devices into : engrave
2 : to cut into

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Examples of incise in a Sentence

The design is incised into the clay. The clay is incised to create a design.
Recent Examples on the Web Of all the successes among heritage brands, few have exceeded that of the traditional boat shoe with white soles incised in a pattern of chevron grooves. New York Times, "Storming the Catwalk in an L.L. Bean Boot," 5 Feb. 2020 It was incised on eleven tablets, back and front, with roughly three hundred lines on each tablet. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "How to Read “Gilgamesh”," 7 Oct. 2019 Yet humans continue to intrude, as illustrated by Michael Marks’s print of mountaintop-removal mining and Laura Ahola-Young’s drawing, incised into a sea-and-sky scene, of undersea oil-drilling gear. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Habitats’ at Target Gallery showcases the nature of creativity," 6 Sep. 2019 And thousands of noncorroding Frisbee-size discs, incised with images of human horror, will be buried all around for any inquisitive diggers to find. Tim Heffernan, Popular Mechanics, "Finland's Crazy Plan to Make Nuclear Waste Disappear," 10 May 2012 Among other astonishments here are numerous gorgeous plasters—penciled, incised and painted. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Giacometti’ Review: Beyond a Retrospective," 19 June 2018 After the Yankees incised Duffy on May 19, his ERA hovered near seven. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Dallas Keuchel, Astros top Royals for 10th straight victory," 16 June 2018 Twenty-eight days ago in Houston, Severino incised the Astros. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Luis Severino, Yankees stump Astros in series finale," 30 May 2018 Large, spiral conch shells, probably once home to ancient sea snails and now notched by hand at the apex to form a trumpet, are incised with images of warriors, hunters and the dead — as well as zoomorphic creatures that may well be crocodiles. Christopher Knight,, "Teotihuacan: An ancient Mexican city's remarkable art comes to life at LACMA," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of incise

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for incise

Middle French or Latin; Middle French inciser, from Latin incisus, past participle of incidere, from in- + caedere to cut

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10 Feb 2020

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“Incise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of incise

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


in·​cise | \ in-ˈsīz How to pronounce incise (audio) \
incised; incising

Kids Definition of incise

: to cut into : carve, engrave A design was incised in clay.
in·​cise | \ in-ˈsīz How to pronounce incise (audio) , -ˈsīs How to pronounce incise (audio) \
incised; incising

Medical Definition of incise

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

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