It is hard to make out exactly what she is saying, but her words act almost like an incantation.
First of all, then, the intoning and the chanting acted on him exactly like an incantation.
He took a deep breath, as if he were about to spit out an incantation.
An incantation used to invite spiders, which are considered unlucky by the superstitious, to come again at the Greek Kalends.
It was the power of vision and movement, the power of spell and incantation.
She obeyed the summons, and found him crouching over the fire, looking like some weird priest of old performing an incantation.
No; this was the incantation reserved for souls athirst for fame, of virtue emulous.
This incantation method could hardly advance intelligence; but the methods of practical measuring were more effective.
Every incantation I uttered was insufficient to bring him back.
One of the priests extended his arms upward, over the prone man, and seemed to be mouthing a prayer or incantation.
late 14c., from Old French incantacion "spell, exorcism" (13c.), from Latin incantationem (nominative incantatio) "art of enchanting," noun of action from past participle stem of incantare "bewitch, charm," literally "sing spells" (see enchantment).
Any particularly arbitrary or obscure command that one must mutter at a system to attain a desired result. Not used of passwords or other explicit security features. Especially used of tricks that are so poorly documented that they must be learned from a wizard. "This compiler normally locates initialised data in the data segment, but if you mutter the right incantation they will be forced into text space."