• WordNet 3.6
    • v incubate sit on (eggs) "Birds brood","The female covers the eggs"
    • v incubate grow under conditions that promote development
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Male sea horses are the ones that get impregnated rather than the females. Males have a pouch on their belly that provides incubation for the female?s eggs and they can have up to 1500 babies at one time
    • Incubate To develop gradually in some interior environment, until fully formed; as, the ideas for his book were incubating for two years before he began to write.
    • Incubate To maintain (a living organism, such as microorganisms or a premature baby) under appropriate conditions, such as of temperature, humidity, or atmospheric composition, for growth; as, coliform bacteria grow best when incubated at 37° C..
    • Incubate To sit, as on eggs for hatching; to brood; to brood upon, or keep warm, as eggs, for the purpose of hatching.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The gender of Reptiles are determined not by the sex genes, but by the temperature in which the egg is incubated. A certain temperature will produce a male and vice versa for a female.
    • incubate To sit upon for the purpose of hatching; hatch out, or produce by hatching: often used figuratively: as, to incubate eggs; to incubate a book or a project.
    • incubate To sit, as on eggs, for the purpose of hatching; brood: as, a bird that incubates for two weeks.
    • incubate In pathology, to go through the stage or process of incubation. See incubation, 2.
    • incubate In bacteriology, to place (a culture) in a thermostat or a similar apparatus for the purpose of obtaining the maximum growth of bacteria by keeping them at a constant optimum temperature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The male penguin incubates the single egg laid by his mate. During the two month period he does not eat, and will lose up to 40% of his body weight.
    • v.i Incubate in′kū-bāt to sit on eggs to hatch them
    • v.t Incubate to produce by hatching:
    • v.t Incubate (fig.) to turn over in the mind, ponder over
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  • Cyril Connolly
    “Slums may well be breeding-grounds of crime, but middle-class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. incubatus, p. p. incubare, to lie on; pref. in-, in, on + cubare, to lie down. Cf. Cubit Incumbent


In literature:

The robin was disturbed at first, but soon went on with her incubating in the new and more exposed position.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
You can allus sell hens when they git too old to set or lay, but what're you going to do with a wore-out incubator?
"Anything Once" by Douglas Grant
After all, we can't have the army turned into a big incubator for social-democrats.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
It's called 'The Every-Egg-A-Chick' Incubator, and it nearly lives up to its name.
"My Brave and Gallant Gentleman" by Robert Watson
When the eggs are laid the male deserts the female, leaving to her the task of incubation and care of the young.
"What Bird is That?" by Frank M. Chapman
He is found throughout the year in Demerara; still nothing is known of his incubation.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
Many, like myself, find the last less trouble and expense than bothering with incubators.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
No one knew the incubation period of the virus.
"Thompson's Cat" by Robert Moore Williams
The period of incubation lasts for seven weeks, and the young are covered with a whitish down until almost as large as their parents.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
It has been produced by the heat of a gentle incubation.
"The Intellectual Life" by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton

In poetry:

To us there are
eggs and there are
blackbirds. But there is the man,
too, trying without feathers
to incubate a solution.
"Thirteen Blackbirds Looking at a Man" by R S Thomas
Who owns the land ?
The Speculator
Said, ' Land is just an incubator
In which to let your dollars hatch
And, some fine morning—sell the batch.'
"Who Owns The Land?" by Robert James Campbell Stead

In news:

Incubator business earns national recognition.
It's not a new idea, but it's one that is quickly gaining steam as a key part of revitalizing Rock Hill's downtown corridor: Small business incubators .
Tony Spore, CEO of SaasSoft LLC, works in his incubator office inside the Ventura Ventures Technology Center behind City Hall.
Online education's local incubator Through Internet learning, Foothill College can extend education -- but it's not for everyone.
ALL IN THE FAMILY – Robert John Cook, who wants to see Hyannis become an arts incubator , stands with the likeness of his great-grandfather, nine times removed.
Stony Brook University Calverton Business Incubator 's Agriculture Consumer Science Center.
Stony Brook University Calverton Business Incubator 's Agriculture Consumer Science Center will officially open its doors Oct 16.
Kindred, a nonprofit incubator and retail store, will provide artisans an inexpensive place to both showcase their products and a place where they can receive mentoring.
South Side startup incubator to receive $1.8 million federal grant.
Grant funds green business incubator on Navajo Nation.
Granted, the ORD was not a conventional incubator compared to today's business incubators .
B&L forms partnership with medical tech incubator .
Dozens of niche incubators , catering to hardware and business software, have emerged in the last few years.
Then there's CloudFlare, a fast-growing San Francisco-based Web services company started by members of the incubator 's 2009 class.
Entrepreneur scouting locations for Twin Cities robotics incubator .

In science:

Then 10 pM of beads was introduced into the chamber and incubated for 20 minutes after washing with 750 µl TPB buffer to remove the unbound DNAs.
Concentration and Length Dependence of DNA Looping in Transcriptional Regulation
Study results. The author of dissertation (Garaeva 2005) showed that total blood LPS-level (free and bound LPS) correlated with psoriasis severity. Plasma samples were dissolved in purified water in ratio of 1:10 and incubated in water bath 30 minutes to release endotoxin from complexes with LPS-binding proteins.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
They require substantial incubation periods. 7 Rio is experiencing a phenomenon of manifest symbolism for our agenda: penguins are showing up at the beaches in record numbers.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
During incubation, parental care is linked to prolactin secretion in a large number of species (Schradin and Anzenberger, 1999).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
After laying and as soon as the hen started incubation, males were removed from the pen.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird