|1.||ritual recitation of magic words or sounds|
|2.||the formulaic words or sounds used; a magic spell|
|[C14: from Late Latin incantātiō an enchanting, from incantāre to repeat magic formulas, from Latin, from |
incantationn. Any particularly arbitrary or obscure command that one must mutter at a system to attain a desired result. Not used of passwords or other explicit security features. Especially used of tricks that are so poorly documented that they must be learned from a wizard. "This compiler normally locates initialized data in the data segment, but if you mutter the right incantation they will be forced into text space."