Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cut into, as with a sharp instrument: incised the tablet with chisels; a plateau that had been deeply incised by streams.
  • transitive v. To engrave (designs or writing, for example) into a surface; carve.
  • transitive v. To engrave designs, writing, or other marks into.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to cut in or into with a sharp instrument; to carve; to engrave

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cut in or into with a sharp instrument; to carve; to engrave.
  • transitive v. To cut, gash, or wound with a sharp instrument; to cut off.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut in or into; form or treat by cutting; specifically, to engrave; carve in intaglio.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make an incision into by carving or cutting

Etymologies

French inciser, from Old French enciser, from Vulgar Latin *incīsāre, frequentative of Latin incīdere, incīs- : in-, in; see in-2 + caedere, to cut; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • We have 7 SMOG posters that we've collected after shows. 3 year anniversary ... "mHead:" Thanks for pointing out d'incise's latest release.

    Disquiet

  • To incise the design into the clay, I used scraffito tools on leather-hard clay.

    Kater’s Art » Blog Archive » Momiji Cup 1

  • The root of the verb comes from the Latin cise or cide, meaning to cut, as in incise, circumcise and most importantly in this context, to decide.

    Michael Rovner: Decisions, Decisions

  • It's in the Torah, Leviticus 19: 28: "You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves," followed by the words, "I am the Lord," so you know this rule comes from the top.

    Anita Diamant: My (Jewish) Daughter's Tattoo

  • The prohibition against Jews getting tattoos comes from a verse in Leviticus that forbids gashing one's flesh: "You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves; I am the Lord."

    Danielle Berrin: Victoria Beckham's Hebrew Tattoo: Marital Goodluck Charm?

  • Wash the eggplant, incise it on one side, and lay it on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.

    Peace Meals

  • By contrast, other works in this case display a kind of lacquer that can be heated to the desired levels of viscosity so that artists can variously dye, layer, carve, incise, even inlay with precious materials.

    Bright and Shiny Things

  • "Yours," said Philip with soft deliberation, not questioning, not exclaiming, only saying over the single word to himself as if to incise it on the steely metal of his mind.

    A River So Long

  • Meandering streams deeply incise the limestone surface.

    Ecoregions of Texas (EPA)

  • I believe the clay coated board is so that you can incise or abraid through the clay to expose a white surface for fine detail, like scratchboard or sgraffito.

    U of T Biomedical Communication

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