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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Diversity is the best incubator for innovation When a company culture is a melting pot of ideas, perspectives, experiences, and expectations. Richard Bailey, Quartz at Work, "Disruption fatigue demands a new approach to being disruptive," 11 July 2019 Food halls often serve as incubators for restaurateurs who want to test their wings. Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times, "They can’t all be Grand Central Market: Does L.A. have too many food halls?," 12 Sep. 2019 Below with Willem Dafoe—add to Disney+'s self-orientation as an incubator for new TV and film projects that snugly fit the classic Disney mold. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What D23 Expo’s Newly Revealed Mega-Slate Tells Us About Disney+," 26 Aug. 2019 The co-working company is partnering with 3D fabrication companies Formlabs and Glowforge through its WeWork Labs incubator to offer the service to entrepreneurs. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "WeWork pilots 3D printing in Houston," 20 June 2019 Even before EvoNexus announced its fintech incubator, the Rady school was working to form a research center focused on financial technology. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD links up with startup group EvoNexus, hoping to create ‘fintech’ hub in San Diego," 11 June 2019 Walmart's new delivery model comes out of its tech incubator, Store No. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Walmart will deliver groceries from the food aisle to your fridge," 7 June 2019 But Barr wasn’t just echoing Trump (and his predecessor as attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who ran the Department of Justice as an incubator for new ideas in immigration crackdowns). Dara Lind, Vox, "William Barr hearing: attorney general nominee’s immigration record aligns with Trump’s," 16 Jan. 2019 The series had some of the strongest TV performances ever from Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, and also served as an incubator for talents like Taylor Kitsch, Jesse Plemons and Michael B. Jordan. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 10 best sports TV shows of all time (including 'GLOW')," 2 July 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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