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

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Embracing failure as a means to an end may help motivate the mini-Zuckerbergs hunched over their laptops in an incubator in Palo Alto, coding to the faint rattle of a foosball table down the hall. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The Netflix baking competition “Nailed It” teaches us how to find joy in failure," 3 June 2019 Success bred opportunity: Nipsey opened a coworking space called Vector 90 to bring a tech incubator to South Central. Jamilah King, Teen Vogue, "Nipsey Hussle's Death Brings a New Generation of Hip-Hop Heartbreak," 7 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, PiS’s natalist push has angered some women, who resent being treated like incubators. The Economist, "Subsidising babies has bolstered Poland’s ruling party—so far," 10 May 2018 But in the Coulter's case, the doctors used the INVOcell device and the mom’s body as the incubator. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "These Two Women Both ‘Carried’ Their Baby Using Reciprocal Effortless IVF," 16 Nov. 2018 Increased exposure to the virus was undoubtedly important, and barracks, convoy ships and training camps were inevitably crowded incubators of germs of all kinds. William F. Bynum, WSJ, "‘Pandemic 1918’ and ‘Influenza’ Review: Fire, Ice or Virus?," 4 Jan. 2019 Working in pharmaceuticals, Winter had grown frustrated with animal testing, mice were proving ineffective as incubators for creating antibodies that would work in humans. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The 2018 Nobels in Chemistry Made Evolution Work For Us," 3 Oct. 2018 Photo: Agaton Strom for The Wall Street Journal Last month, Mr. Jarick, 69 years old, dropped off two chicks and seven eggs at the Brightview Senior Living community in Warren, N.J. Residents watched as the eggs turned and warmed in the incubator. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Chicken and Egg Rentals Crack Open Life’s Deepest Questions," 4 Dec. 2018 Courtesy Invanti Launching a technology incubator in a mid-size Indiana city might strike some as a challenge. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How a Midwest startup generator bursts the Bay Area tech bubble and solves real problems," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of incubator

1857, in the meaning defined above

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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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