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

  • adj. Cut into a surface; engraved.
  • adj. Made with or as if with a sharp instrument.
  • adj. Deeply and sharply cut: the incised margin of a leaf.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of incise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cut in; carved; engraved.
  • adj. Having deep and sharp notches, as a leaf or a petal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Cut; caused by cutting: as, an incised wound.
  • In botany and entomology, appearing as if cut; having marginal slits or notches, as an oak-leaf or an insect's wing.

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

  • adj. cut or impressed into a surface
  • adj. sharply and deeply indented
  • adj. cut into with a sharp instrument


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