• WordNet 3.6
    • n incubation maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development
    • n incubation sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body
    • n incubation (pathology) the phase in the development of an infection between the time a pathogen enters the body and the time the first symptoms appear
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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
    • Incubation A sitting on eggs for the purpose of hatching young; a brooding on, or keeping warm, (eggs) to develop the life within, by any process.
    • Incubation A sleeping in a consecrated place for the purpose of dreaming oracular dreams.
    • Incubation (Med) The development of a disease from its causes, or its period of incubation. (See below
    • Incubation The gradual development in some interior environment, until fully formed; as, the incubation time for developing a new drug may be longer than ten years from its first discovery.
    • Incubation The maintenance (of a living organism, such as microorganisms or a premature baby) in appropriate conditions, such as of temperature, humidity, or atmospheric composition, for growth.
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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.
    • n incubation The act of sitting, as on eggs, for the purpose of hatching; brooding; hatching: often used figuratively, as of writings, schemes, etc.
    • n incubation In pathology, the unnoticed or unknown processes or changes which occur in the interval between the exposure to an infectious disease and the development of its first symptoms.
    • n incubation A lying in or within; specifically, the act of sleeping in a temple for the purpose of obtaining revelations by dreams, or in the hope of being visited by the god and relieved of some ailment, as in the Greek sanctuaries of Æsculapius.
    • n incubation In pathology, the period that elapses between the introduction of the morbific principle and the outbreak of the disease.
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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.
    • n Incubation the act of sitting on eggs to hatch them: :
    • n Incubation (fig.) meditation on schemes
    • n Incubation (med.) the period between the implanting of a disease and its development
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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. incubatio,: cf. F. incubation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. incubāre, -ātumin, upon, cubāre, to lie.


In literature:

Incubation is then conducted for 6 to 7 days at 90 deg.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
I should put twenty-six days as the usual period of incubation.
"Wild Ducks" by W. Coape Oates
Certain breeds of fowls have lost the habit of incubation.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Making a nest in one corner of the room, she put in it a few kitchen utensils, which she supposed to be eggs, and began to incubate.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
He replaced the block in the incubation oven and faced the day cheerfully.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
This constitutes what is known as the incubation period, and lasts about ten days.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden
I was incubated up to the time I was five years old, and got too long to go in the glass case.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
This is probably for the purpose of assisting incubation during their absence, by the action of the sun's rays on the wet mass.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
During the two days when the stupor was incubating, she had repeated seizures of the following nature.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
Then follows the period of incubation.
"The Arena" by Various

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:

"Walking Incubator " Pregnant with Baby No 15.
Technology incubator in the works.
What sets it apart from other incubators is that rather than back the creators of new websites and mobile apps, it exclusively nurtures hardware companies.
On an incubator , a tribute to looking forward and more.
Business incubator celebrates 25 years of creating opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Western Michigan University unveils sustainability project and research ' incubator ' at former university bookstore site.
Business incubator moves into closed Mohawk Industries site.
Incubator opens at former Mohawk site.
The program began in 2006 and has provided incubation for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content and related technologies.
The incubators will apply arts-based techniques and STEM skills to civic innovation challenges drawn from issues proposed by the public.
The $2.6 million initiative will further engage the public through innovation festivals, art/science innovation symposia, and prototype demonstrations linked to the incubators .
Bellingham Beer Lab – a Cooperative Brewery Incubator .
Incubator grows firms via geek service swaps.
Tonight, the Campbell County Small Business Incubator and Tech 20-20 will host a networking event at Cove Lake Pavilion.
Business incubator opens in Walnut garage.

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