in·​cu·​ba·​tion | \ ˌiŋ-kyə-ˈbā-shən How to pronounce incubation (audio) , ˌin-\

Definition of incubation

1 : the act or process of incubating

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This year Melinda—who, in addition to her philanthropic work, is the founder of the investment and incubation company Pivotal Ventures—became an author; her book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World was released in April. John Legend, Town & Country, "Melinda Gates Is Proud Women Are Becoming More Empowered—But It's Not Happening Quickly Enough," 8 May 2019 The organization's founder, Gracie Cavnar, intended the space to be a gathering hub for cooking and gardening classes, small-business incubation and co-op services. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrity "Chefs in the Field" cater Recipe for Success's first Sunday supper at Hope Farms," 27 June 2018 To keep it in place during incubation, the doctor will also insert a retention device resembling a small, breathable diaphragm, Dr. Kevin Doody says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Two Women Both ‘Carried’ Their Baby Using Reciprocal Effortless IVF," 16 Nov. 2018 The male doesn't help with incubation but guards the nest and chicks. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Sandhill cranes make their annual short and noisy Interior Alaska stopover," 7 May 2018 The hub’s layout includes several global supporting units — a digital assets research institute, fintech incubation hub for startup companies, fintech training center and fintech investment fund group. Rebecca Lurye,, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 2018 The tower will also include Technion facilities focusing on innovations in biomedical engineering, startup incubation and an exhibition center to host conventions. Jeffrey Barken, Jewish Journal, "Haifa's on the rise with university leading the way," 11 July 2018 Females typically lay a clutch of 1-3 eggs between December and early January, with incubation lasting about 35 days. Cassie Armstrong,, "American Eagle Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 19 June 2018 Ossic participated in San Diego’s EvoNexus incubator program and was accepted to Abbey Road Red, a six-month music technology incubation program at the famous Abbey Road Studio in London. Mike Freeman,, "3D headphone startup Ossic collapses, stiffing thousands of Kickstarter backers," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of incubation

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of incubation was in 1646

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in·​cu·​ba·​tion | \ ˌiŋ-kyə-ˈbā-shən How to pronounce incubation (audio) \

Kids Definition of incubation

1 : the act or process of incubating incubation of eggs
2 : the period of time between infection with germs and the appearance of symptoms of illness or disease


in·​cu·​ba·​tion | \ ˌiŋ-kyə-ˈbā-shən, ˌin- How to pronounce incubation (audio) \

Medical Definition of incubation

1 : the act or process of incubating

Other Words from incubation

incubational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce incubational (audio) \ adjective

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one that collects or salvages junk

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