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[in-sahyz] /ɪnˈsaɪz/
verb (used with object), incised, incising.
to cut into; cut marks, figures, etc., upon.
to make (marks, figures, etc.) by cutting; engrave; carve.
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- Unabridged
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Examples from the web for incise
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for incise


(transitive) to produce (lines, a design, etc) by cutting into the surface of (something) with a sharp tool
Word Origin
C16: from Latin incīdere to cut into, from in-² + caedere to cut
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Word Origin and History for incise

1540s, from French inciser (15c.), from Old French enciser (12c.), from Latin incisus, past participle of incidere "to cut into, cut through" (see incision). Related: Incised; incising.

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incise in Medicine

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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