incense

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v incense make furious
    • v incense perfume especially with a censer
    • n incense the pleasing scent produced when incense is burned "incense filled the room"
    • n incense a substance that produces a fragrant odor when burned
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Three Wise Men of the East brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Jesus. Frankincense is a gum resin used as a base for incense. Myrrh, also a gum resin, was valued as a perfume and unguent used in embalming.
    • Incense Also used figuratively. "Or heap the shrine of luxury and pride,
      With incense kindled at the Muse's flame."
    • Incense The materials used for the purpose of producing a perfume when burned, as fragrant gums, spices, frankincense, etc. "Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon."
    • Incense The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when burned in celebrating religious rites or as an offering to some deity. "A thick cloud of incense went up."
    • Incense To inflame with anger; to enrage; to endkindle; to fire; to incite; to provoke; to heat; to madden. "The people are incensed him."
    • Incense To offer incense to. See Incense.
    • Incense To perfume with, or as with, incense. "Incensed with wanton sweets."
    • Incense To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn. "Twelve Trojan princes wait on thee, and labor to incense Thy glorious heap of funeral."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The largest incense stick ever made was almost fifteen-feet long and six-inches thick.
    • incense To set on fire; cause to burn; inflame; kindle.
    • incense To make hot or eager; enkindle; incite; stimulate.
    • incense In particular To burn as incense; use in burning incense.
    • incense To enkindle or excite to anger or other passion; inflame; make angry; provoke.
    • incense Synonyms Irritate, Provoke, etc. (see exasperate), offend, anger, chafe, nettle, gall.
    • n incense Any aromatic material, as certain gums, which exhales perfume during combustion; a mixture of fragrant gums, spices, etc., with gum-resin, compounded for the purpose of producing a sweet odor when burned. The substance most generally used for incense, and therefore often specifically so called, is olibanum or frankincense. (See olibanum.) The burning of incense as an act of worship existed among the Jews, and is practised in both the Eastern and Western churches of the present day, as well as by Buddhists and others.
    • n incense The perfume or scented fumes arising from an odoriferous substance, as frankincense, during combustion; the odor of spices and gums burned as an act of worship in some religious systems.
    • n incense Any grateful odor, as of flowers; agreeable perfume or fragrance.
    • n incense Figuratively, gratifying admiration or attention; flattering regard and deference; homage; adulation.
    • incense To perfume with incense.
    • incense To offer incense to; worship; flatter extravagantly.
    • incense To burn or offer incense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Incense in-sens′ to inflame with anger: to incite, urge: to perfume with incense
    • n Incense odour of spices burned in religious rites: the materials so burned: pleasing perfume:
    • n Incense (fig.) homage, adulation
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Quotations

  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense.”
  • Robert Browning
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    “Good strong thick stupefying incense-smoke!”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. encens, F. encens, L. incensum, fr. incensus, p. p. of incendere, to burn. See Incense to inflame

Usage

In literature:

Iris, once again, was deeply incensed by Coke's brutality.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
She wanted to show Vanno, if he still thought of her, that others burned incense to her beauty, though he had not placed her on an altar.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
We entered the temple, placed our candles, and lighted our incense.
"My Lady of the Chinese Courtyard" by Elizabeth Cooper
Upon this one of the consuls particularly, and the senators, were highly incensed.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
The pungent reek of incense from a street-shrine was in the smells.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The incense sticks lay in clay saucers near the couch.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Does the Dictator smell of incense?
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
He burns some melted butter in an earthen lamp and places incense upon it.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
At this moment, the fat man in the tweed cap, incensed at having been jostled out of the front row, made his charge.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
Sacrifices of animals and waving of incense are to accompany the presentation.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
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In poetry:

Tall, whispering trees their shadows fling
Athwart the trellised path I tread,
And incense-breathing roses swing
Their pendent censers o'er my head.
"In My Pergola" by John Lawson Stoddard
So that she thought, "And who shall gaze upon
My palace with unblinded eyes,
While this great bow will waver in the sun,
And that sweet incense rise?"
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
A Trader with greed never sated,
Who barters the souls in his snares,
That were trapped in the lusts he created,
For incense and masses and prayers -
"A Toast" by Lola Ridge
The sunlight fell through the shadowy trees
In smiles all soft and sweet,
While the incense breath of an early-breeze
Stirr'd the primrose at our feet.
"A Parting" by Alexander Anderson
With incense sweet our thanks ascend;
Before thy works our powers pall;
Though we should strive years without end,
We could not thank thee for them all.
"A Thanksgiving Poem" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The vulgar, all find some pretence
To do what's wrong, and God incense:
Blind, dull, perverse, to hell they run,
Nor will, though warn'd, perdition shun.
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Police say the thief shattered the front glass door and got away with $900 worth of incense.
Incense manufacturers have found a loop-hole to make the drugs legal again.
A temple worker carries incense within Hsingtien Temple in Taipei on Tuesday.
Last September, 26-year-old Aaron Stinson sat around a friend's apartment in upstate New York drinking some beer and smoking Relaxinol, a brand of so-called "herbal incense ".
Incense Back on the Shelves at Last Place on Earth.
Man's naked ' incense ' induced rampage caught on video.
A bill to stamp out the use of sought-after synthetic drugs -- such as herbal incense and bath salts -- now sits on President Barack Obama's desk.
Bath salts and herbal incense —synthetic legal intoxicating drugs (so-called SLIDs)—have become the focus of grim national headlines lately.
Group plans to fight ban on herbal incense .
At a funeral service I recently attended, a minister burned incense near the casket of the deceased.
The bright, eye-catching packets are labeled "incense," "potpourri," "bath salts" or "spice.
"I am incensed," Mayor Douglas Gunn responded on Saturday when the census figure of 15,700 for San Diego was mentioned.
On the 27th night of Ramadan, the Islamic holy fast, a Muslim burns incense to dispel negative energy.
The Scent of Incense Koge Keisuke Kinoshita, 1964 Japan Format: 35mm 201 minutes.
Amid the pines and incense cedar in Sequoia National Park, the five o'clock rush hour often is limited to squirrels, mule deer and the occasional skunk crossing the road.
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In science:

It should be noticed that N and k-domain random vector has nothing to do with the r-spectrum except for a global incensement/decrement if r (cid:54)= k .
On the Information of the Second Moments Between Random Variables Using Mutually Unbiased Bases
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