incubator

noun
in·​cu·​ba·​tor | \ ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌbā-tər How to pronounce incubator (audio) , ˈin- \

Definition of incubator

: one that incubates: such as
a : an apparatus by which eggs are hatched artificially
b : an apparatus with a chamber used to provide controlled environmental conditions especially for the cultivation of microorganisms or the care and protection of premature or sick babies
c : an organization or place that aids the development of new business ventures especially by providing low-cost commercial space, management assistance, or shared services

Examples of incubator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the burger place remains at the incubator and Neal recently expanded the operation to the Sun King location in Broad Ripple. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 3 June 2021 The business incubator offers significant support for Coss and Nemitz, who admittedly don’t have a business background. cleveland, 1 June 2021 The business incubator helps East Oakland entrepreneurs who have little economic or social capital. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2021 The money would be distributed through what legislators are calling the Texas music incubator rebate program. Dan Singer, Dallas News, 17 May 2021 The event will reopen the AIB, the 1881 structure that was the institution’s first dedicated exhibition space and the incubator of the American History, Natural History and Air and Space museums. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2021 That would be in concert with a small business incubator in City Hall to help homegrown entrepreneurs. cleveland, 6 May 2021 Richard Thompson, the founder and managing partner of The Factory, a business incubator and innovation laboratory inside the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation, disagrees with how Biden proposes paying for some of his plans like infrastructure. Jeff Zeleny, CNN, 28 Apr. 2021 This all-in-one museum, events space, small-business incubator, and research hub would be built at a still-undetermined location in Roxbury. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of incubator

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of incubator was in 1857

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5 Jun 2021

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“Incubator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incubator. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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incubator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of incubator

: a device that is used to keep eggs warm before they hatch
medical : a piece of equipment in which very weak or sick babies are placed for special care and protection after their birth
business : an organization or place that helps in the development of new businesses

incubator

noun
in·​cu·​ba·​tor | \ ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌbā-tər How to pronounce incubator (audio) \

Kids Definition of incubator

1 : a device that provides enough heat to hatch eggs artificially
2 : a device to help the growth of tiny newborn babies

incubator

noun
in·​cu·​ba·​tor | \ ˈiŋ-kyə-ˌbāt-ər, ˈin- How to pronounce incubator (audio) \

Medical Definition of incubator

: one that incubates especially : an apparatus with a chamber used to provide controlled environmental conditions especially for the cultivation of microorganisms or the care and protection of premature or sick babies

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