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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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 At UnternehmerTUM, an incubator just outside Munich, for example, a hangar-sized workshop is buzzing with 3D printers, welding stations and a gigantic metal-cutting machine. The Economist, "A new breed of German startups," 16 June 2018 The incubator will be in one of nine buildings on an eight-acre campus that Alexandria bought in 2016 for $725 million. Jonathan Saltzman,, "Incubator aims to invest in its biotech tenants, too," 12 Apr. 2018 Griesi and Duffell said the technology incubator and research park was able to offer Decora resources that were critical to its success, such as connecting the company to U.S. retailers. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Boca-based 3-D image business Decora acquired for $100 million," 28 Mar. 2018 In addition, the website touts the Cincinnati as one of the top metros for tech startups - something Vogel can attest to personally as one of the original founders of Cintrifuse - a startup incubator based in Over-the-Rhine. Randy Tucker,, "Did Amazon miss tech boom in Cincinnati area? Experts and data suggest it did.," 5 Mar. 2018 While both lines are produced by Seed Beauty (a brand incubator and manufacturer that also makes Colourpop cosmetics), Kardashian West isn't worried about the comparisons. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian On How KKW Beauty Will Be Different From Kylie Cosmetics," 20 June 2017 For fledgling restaurateurs, food halls double as incubators, a low-stakes method of tinkering with business models and experimenting with food that can ultimately serve as a fast track to success. Bethany Biron, Vox, "The food court’s younger, hipper cousin is a curated version of the mall staple.," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of incubator

1857, in the meaning defined above

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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


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


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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