in·​cised | \ in-ˈsīzd How to pronounce incised (audio) , -ˈsīst \

Definition of incised

1 : cut in : engraved especially : decorated with incised figures
2 : having a margin that is deeply and sharply notched an incised leaf

Examples of incised in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An autopsy determined that Burke died of multiple stab and incised wounds. Erin Mccarthy,, "Woman charged in gruesome slaying of her grandmother in their Ambler home," 5 June 2018 Archaeologists have found 27 incised stones that they have been marked intentionally for a greater purpose. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Could Be Neanderthal Art," 3 May 2018 Other wooden objects are gilded to reflect light or wrapped in incised gold sheets, while carved and painted alabaster, a soft and translucent stone that absorbs light in a gentle glow, is common. Christopher Knight,, "How good is the King Tut exhibition? An art critic weighs in," 29 Mar. 2018 Look for the incised Wedgewood mark on the base to ensure authenticity. Brenda Yenke,, "Tracking the market for what's collectible: Yenke Peddler antiques," 5 Apr. 2018 The lacy delicacy of his incised lines is all the more poignant for the in-the-street scrappiness of the detritus in which it is embedded. David Pagel,, "'Mark Bradford: New Works' at Hauser & Wirth," 24 Mar. 2018 For that piece, Fonseca, who arrived in New York in 1958 after dropping out of an architecture program in Montevideo, made a small wooden frame filled with cement and divided the piece with incised lines into seven irregular vertical stripes. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "At the Noguchi Museum, Worlds of Stone Fuse the Physical and the Dreamlike," 1 Feb. 2018 Their pale fluctuating grids are made from incised wallboard whose tiny squares have been stained different shades of gray. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "‘Midtown’: That Chair’s Charming, but Can I Sit in It?," 25 May 2017 Dr. Kronauer said his students and postdoctoral fellows designed everything from scratch: computer algorithms, tracking devices, the incised mazes. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized," 23 Jan. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'incised.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of incised

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about incised

Time Traveler for incised

Time Traveler

The first known use of incised was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for incised

Cite this Entry

“Incised.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for incised



Medical Definition of incised

of a cut or wound
: made with or as if with a sharp knife or scalpel : clean and well-defined

More from Merriam-Webster on incised

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for incised

Nglish: Translation of incised for Spanish Speakers

Comments on incised

What made you want to look up incised? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!