Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An apparatus in which environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity, can be controlled, often used for growing bacterial cultures, hatching eggs artificially, or providing suitable conditions for a chemical or biological reaction.
  • noun Medicine An apparatus for maintaining an infant, especially a premature infant, in an environment of controlled temperature, humidity, and oxygen concentration.
  • noun A place or situation that permits or encourages the formation and development, as of new ideas.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which incubates, as a bird.
  • noun A suitable appliance for the artificial development of germs in the cultivation of micro-organisms.
  • noun Same as couveuse, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That which incubates, especially, an apparatus by means of which eggs are hatched by artificial heat.
  • noun An apparatus containing an enclosed chamber, used for the cultivation of microörganisms or tissue cultures by maintaining a suitable temperature and atmospheric composition. Some incubators have no provision for maintaining a special atmosphere, while in others, especially for anaerobic organisms and tissue culture, the moisture level and composition of the gases are also controlled.
  • noun (Med.) An apparatus consisting of enclosed chamber, for maintaining prematurely born babies in a favorable environment until able to thrive under normal conditions. The temperature and level of oxygen in the atmosphere may be controlled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun chemistry Any apparatus used to maintain environmental conditions suitable for a reaction.
  • noun medicine An apparatus used to maintain environmental conditions suitable for a newborn baby.
  • noun An apparatus used to maintain environmental conditions suitable for the hatching of eggs.
  • noun A place to maintain the culturing of bacteria at a steady temperature.
  • noun business A support programme for the development of entrepreneurial companies.

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

  • noun apparatus consisting of a box designed to maintain a constant temperature by the use of a thermostat; used for chicks or premature infants

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Examples

  • The babies in incubator stories became a lead item in newspapers, and on radio and TV all over the US.

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  • Importantly, they have forged collaborations with the community, and through what they call an "incubator" environment "partners work side by side, sharing resources and ideas to better serve children.

    John M. Eger: First the Children

  • Importantly, they have forged collaborations with the community, and through what they call an "incubator" environment "partners work side by side, sharing resources and ideas to better serve children.

    John M. Eger: First the Children

  • Importantly, they have forged collaborations with the community, and through what they call an "incubator" environment "partners work side by side, sharing resources and ideas to better serve children.

    John M. Eger: First the Children

  • +1 on the proviso that all incubator releases include the phrase incubator / incubating in their version, artifact or group ID so that its clear that its an incubator release.

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  • +1 on the proviso that all incubator releases include the phrase incubator / incubating in their version, artifact or group ID so that its clear that its an incubator release.

    general@incubator.apache.org Archives

  • But Bryan Menell, a managing director at Capital Factory, notes that the incubator is geared toward “lighter-weight business models” that won’t require a lot of cash in order to get to an important business milestone, such as a paying customer or a beta launch.

    Austin’s Capital Factory Incubator Bets on Consumer Startups

  • The Bloomberg administration plans to launch another so-called incubator in the Bronx this spring.

    Latest City Incubator Opens in Flatiron Area

  • The incubator is a division of the University of Texas at Austin and is made up of four programs two of which were added in the past four years.

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  • It will also be able to expand its so-called incubator farmer program, which allows adults considering farming as a career to lease an acre of land for three years, in order to develop their skills in food production.

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