in·cu·ba·tion | \ˌiŋ-kyə-ˈbā-shən, ˌin-\

Definition of incubation 

1 : the act or process of incubating

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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 After years of incubation, the team behind the 8th Wonder Brewery on the east side of downtown Houston is opening its distillery to the public this week. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "8th Wonder Brewery's distillery opens to the public this week," 2 July 2018 Of the 25 eggs laid this year, only 12 were fertile and only 5 of those survived the incubation process, which takes nearly one month. National Geographic, "What Does It Take to Raise a Flamingo?," 25 June 2018 The average incubation time is 35 days, experts said. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "It all starts with a ‘pip’: Bald eagle egg starts to hatch.," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of incubation

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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in·cu·ba·tion | \ˌiŋ-kyə-ˈbā-shən \

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- \

Medical Definition of incubation 

1 : the act or process of incubating

Other Words from incubation

incubational \-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl \ adjective

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