incise

[in-sahyz]
verb (used with object), incised, incising.
1.
to cut into; cut marks, figures, etc., upon.
2.
to make (marks, figures, etc.) by cutting; engrave; carve.

Origin:
1535–45; < Latin incīsus past participle of incīdere to carve, cut into, equivalent to in- in-2 + cīd- cut + -tus past participle suffix, with -dt- > -s-

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incise (ɪnˈsaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to produce (lines, a design, etc) by cutting into the surface of (something) with a sharp tool
 
[C16: from Latin incīdere to cut into, from in-² + caedere to cut]

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incise in·cise (ĭn-sīz')
v. in·cised, in·cis·ing, in·cis·es
To cut into with a sharp instrument.

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Example sentences
The wooden slat is attached at one end to the center of the canvas, from which it pivots to incise a circle in the paint surface.
Incise the skin on the midline over the poll and forehead to below the eye sockets.
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