• WordNet 3.6
    • v incise make an incision into by carving or cutting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Incise To cut in or into with a sharp instrument; to carve; to engrave. "I on thy grave this epitaph incise ."
    • Incise To cut, gash, or wound with a sharp instrument; to cut off.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • incise To cut in or into; form or treat by cutting; specifically, to engrave; carve in intaglio.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Incise in-siz′ to cut into: to cut or gash: to engrave
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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
L. incisus, p. p. of incidere, to incise: cf. F. inciser,. See Incide
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. inciser—L. incīdĕre, incisumin, into, cædĕre, to cut.


In literature:

Abby was attractive to men in spite of her smallness and leanness and incisiveness of manner.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The incisions were large, deep, and brutal-looking.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
Jim Dodge had treated her to one of his dark-browed, incisive glances before replying.
"An Alabaster Box" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
"The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao" by Fay-Cooper Cole
Cutting, scraping, tearing, and pulling, he at last succeeded in making a deep incision around the skull.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
They heard the faint, distant, incisive sound of a shot.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The back flower can have the near petals modelled, while the distant ones can be just indicated on plaque with incised lines.
"The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII: No. 356, October 23, 1886." by Various
We need the decisive "go"; the incisive, inclusive "sell"; the privileged "give"; the new-meaninged "come" into His presence.
"Quiet Talks on Following the Christ" by S. D. Gordon
The back fin must have incisions on each side in order to remove it.
"On the Trail" by Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
Cut a long, deep incision lengthwise on each side.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green

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:

An upper incision is made, usually just below the groin, and a thin, wire-like instrument is inserted into the vein and threaded downward.
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.
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.
A PPRCT graft was collected from the palate by performing a palatal incision 2 mm from the incisal margin of teeth Nos.
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication, or TIF, is a procedure that leaves no visible scarring and has no risk of an infection from an incision.
The incision left an ugly scar.
Mary's of Michigan neurosurgeon Gerald Schell is performing minimally-invasive spinal fusion surgeries that require just two tiny incisions.
There's definitely an incisively funny movie to be made about the insanity of political elections.
Surgical Incision Closure Device.
Meet 'Shrek,' a doctor who insists on surgery in every case—and has a surgical-incision infection rate of 20.
In his incisive documentary '16 Acres ,' Richard Hankin looks at the clashing interests behind the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site in New York.
Baroque Pop and Incisive Lyircs.
The surgeon later told him a strong smell like nail polish remover had come out of the incision in his stomach.

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
We make separate incisions in the probability space and the frequency space.
Quasi-periodic solutions of nonlinear random Schr\"odinger equations
We first make incisions in the probability 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?
In the supine position, a midline ventral incision was made in the neck.
Time course of oxidative damage in different brain regions following transient cerebral ischemia in gerbils