• WordNet 3.6
    • adj incisive suitable for cutting or piercing "incisive teeth"
    • adj incisive having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions "an acute observer of politics and politicians","incisive comments","icy knifelike reasoning","as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang","penetrating insight","frequent penetrative observations"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Incisive Clearly and succinctly stated, with penetrating insight into the issue at hand; as, an incisive comment.
    • Incisive Having the quality of incising, cutting, or penetrating, as with a sharp instrument; cutting; "An incisive , high voice.""And her incisive smile accrediting
      That treason of false witness in my blush."
    • Incisive (Anat) Of or pertaining to the incisors; incisor; as, the incisive bones, the premaxillaries.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • incisive Having the quality of cutting into or dividing the substance of anything; cutting, or used for cutting: as, the incisive teeth.
    • incisive Figuratively, sharply and clearly expressive; penetrating; trenchant; sharp; acute.
    • incisive Having the power of breaking up or dissolving viscid or coagulated humors.
    • incisive In anatomy and zoology: Having the character, function, or situation of an incisor tooth; incisorial.
    • incisive Pertaining in any way to an incisor; situated near incisors; containing incisors: synonymous with premaxillary or intermaxillary and prepalatine.
    • n incisive In entomology, the incisive edge of the mandible of a beetle. See incisive edge, above.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Incisive having the quality of cutting into: trenchant: acute: sarcastic
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  • Emily Dickinson
    “Surgeons must be very careful. When they take the knife!, underneath their fine incisions, stirs the Culprit -- Life!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. incisif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. inciser—L. incīdĕre, incisumin, into, cædĕre, to cut.


In literature:

Churm's bristly aspect and incisive manner made him a sharp contrast to Brummage.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862" by Various
But, upon close examination, there was no cut or incision; he was not hurt.
"After London" by Richard Jefferies
His rapid and incisive words poured from his mouth with unrestrained eloquence.
"The Authoritative Life of General William Booth" by George Scott Railton
When he spoke again it was hardly, incisively, as a man speaks the truth he hates.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Captain Macpherson recovered himself; his tone became once more quick and incisive.
"Half A Chance" by Frederic S. Isham
Finally the sharp, incisive voice of William Spantz broke through the babble, commanding silence.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
Though theoretically correct, it was open to an objection, which was urged by Bonaparte and Talleyrand with suave yet incisive irony.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
Even in the trunks there are incisions which spread out into great lips beneath tufts of brown, velvety moss.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
Let others secretly make incisions in the flower of the cocoanut and hang calabashes to catch the juice, said he.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
It is admirably suited to the sustained and incisive manner in which the argument is carried on.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
I just caught sight of the incisions through a fortunate gleam of early morning light.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
His keen glance and incisive reasoning generally warned him of the probable fate of Dynasties and Ministries.
"The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)" by John Holland Rose
So far well; King Richard was very urbane, as bland as such an incisive dealer could be.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
Descartes was far too radical and incisive a thinker, however, not to feel that it must apply throughout nature.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
When one month old, the first set of incisive teeth are complete.
"A Treatise on Sheep:" by Ambrose Blacklock
They may be decorated with incised lines, raised-ornament handles, and feet.
"Pottery, for Artists Craftsmen & Teachers" by George J. Cox
Stahnke suggested that an incision be made at the site of the bite only after the site has been refrigerated for at least 30 minutes.
"Natural History of Cottonmouth Moccasin, Agkistrodon piscovorus (Reptilia)" by Ray D. Burkett
The hymen may be occasionally imperforate and require incision.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7" by Various
The first, or the scrivener, points out the part of the body on the left side where the incision is to be made.
"Curiosities of Medical Experience" by J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
As soon as pus has formed it should be evacuated by one or more free incisions.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various

In poetry:

Why the groove?
Why the lovely, bivalve roundnesses?
Why the ripple down the sphere?
Why the suggestion of incision?
"Peach" by D H Lawrence
One is incisive, corrosive:
Two retorts, nettled, curt, crepitant;
Three makes rejoinder, expansive, explosive;
Four overbears them all, strident and strepitant,
Five… O Danaides, O Sieve!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning
My world is pyramid. The padded mummer
Weeps on the desert ochre and the salt
Incising summer.
My Egypt's armour buckling in its sheet,
I scrape through resin to a starry bone
And a blood parhelion.
"My World Is Pyramid" by Dylan Thomas
Fond man, that canst believe her blood
Will from those purple channels flow;
Or that the pure untainted flood
Can any foul distemper know;
Or that thy weak steel can incise
The crystal case wherein it lies:
"Celia Bleeding, To the Surgeon" by Thomas Carew

In news:

The ability to offer surgeons unprecedented freedom of movement for increased accuracy and efficiency during single incision laparoscopic surgery.
An upper incision is made, usually just below the groin, and a thin, wire-like instrument is inserted into the vein and threaded downward.
During the procedure, small incisions are made for the cannula (CAN-yuh-luh), which is the wand-like instrument used to suction out the fat and fluid.
CoForm preformed transparent matrices are designed for composite restorations around incisal edges and fractures.
At the workshop, Felisa came up with the most incisive suggestion: Maybe there is a life form that uses arsenic instead of phosphorus (they are chemically similar) in its organic structure.
Following ancient Egyptian procedure, he first made a small incision approximately 4 inches long on the left side of the abdomen.
He gained notoriety for his 'seven dirty words,' but his incisive commentaries were as clever as they were vulgar.
A movie review, even one as incisive and elegant as this, is no way to be introduced to Hitchcock's horror masterpiece.
Chesterton is often regarded as a staunch and unwavering apologist for Christianity, a culture-warrior of the right, a rollicking jester who trounced his opponents with incisive paradoxes and witty self-mockery.
Surgical Incision Closure Device.
Robotics, which enables three-dimensional imaging and directing surgical moves from a console, improves mobility and surgical control but typically requires multiple small incisions, Lue said.
At its best, Public Enemy remains as incisive as ever.
She isn't even licking her incision.
Surgical solution for heartburn without incisions.
Other types of hernias are caused by pregnancy, trauma or previous surgical incisions.

In science:

Leonid Polterovich for arousing my interest in quasi-states, and for his suggestions, incisive comments and advice.
Quasi-states and the Poisson bracket on surfaces
The random potentials V = {vjk }ν i (yi ) are assured by appropriate incisions in the probability space Rν .
Quasi-periodic solutions of nonlinear random Schr\"odinger equations
Assume ǫ is small so that H has A.L. (1.17) is provided by using (A5-7) and restricting to the appropriate probability subspace, (2.10) and a direct incision in the frequency space.
Quasi-periodic solutions of nonlinear random Schr\"odinger equations
To obtain the first estimate in (5.26), we make direct incisions in the frequency space.
Quasi-periodic solutions of nonlinear random Schr\"odinger equations
In this way, new surveys can lead to more incisive quantitative conclusions about the true underlying galaxy population.
Star formation trends in high-redshift galaxy surveys: the elephant or the tail?
The advent of an upgraded detector and improved collider at the Cornell Electron Storage Rings, the debut of B-factories at SLAC and KEK, and the ability of hadron machines to contribute incisively to B physics, all make the future study of B → V P decays a potentially rich area for research.
New Information on B Decays to Charmless VP Final States
The use of beam polarization is particularly incisive in separating complex composite observables into quantities with a direct relation to the parameters in the underlying Lagrangian.
Linear Collider Physics Resource Book for Snowmass 2001 - Part 1: Introduction
In almost all cases, the LEP limits are close to the kinematic limit allowed by the collider. A collider operating above the pair production threshold will be able to accumulate a large sample of events (70,000 events per unit of R in a 200 fb−1 sample at 500 GeV) and make incisive measurements.
Linear Collider Physics Resource Book for Snowmass 2001 - Part 1: Introduction
Through his own ma jor research contributions, his gentle yet incisive questioning and his selfless encouragement of others, Peter had a lasting influence on every aspect of this meeting and on most of the contributors.
Particles and Fields in Radio Galaxies: A Summary
Supersymmetry and the linear collider are a near perfect fit — it is difficult to envision a richer linear collider program than that provided by the superpartner spectrum, and it is hard to imagine a more incisive tool for studying supersymmetry than the linear collider.
Supersymmetry and the Linear Collider
Briefly, under microscopic magnification, the anterior neck was opened with a midline vertical incision, and the underlying submandibular gland dissected.
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats
Nevertheless, the range and precision of the heavy flavor measurements contines to improve and enable incisive tests of the various production mechanisms.
DIS2011 Heavy Flavours Session Summary (WG5)
The study of these particles in e+e− annihilation led to many incisive experimental probes of the weak interactions, including precision mass measurements and measurements of branching ratios and polarization asymmetries.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for Higgs Hunting 2012
There is, however, a possible discrepancy in xT scaling for jets, which should be an incisive test for the theory.
QCD Tests in Proton-Antiproton Collisions
The JLC group has pioneered a program where they have shown that it is possible to measure chargino, LSP and slepton masses to a precision of ∼ 2%, and further, to make other precision measurements which will allow incisive tests of the assumptions that underlie the mSUGRA framework.
Summary of the Supersymmetry Working Group