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[in-sahyzd] /ɪnˈsaɪzd/
cut into:
the incised material.
made by cutting:
an incised pattern.
Medicine/Medical. made or cut cleanly, as if surgically; not ragged:
an incised wound.
(of a leaf) sharply, deeply, and somewhat irregularly notched.
Origin of incised
First recorded in 1590-1600; incise + -ed2
Related forms
unincised, adjective


[in-sahyz] /ɪnˈsaɪz/
verb (used with object), incised, incising.
to cut into; cut marks, figures, etc., upon.
to make (marks, figures, etc.) by cutting; engrave; carve.
1535-45; < Latin incīsus past participle of incīdere to carve, cut into, equivalent to in- in-2 + cīd- cut + -tus past participle suffix, with -dt- > -s- Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for incised
Historical Examples
  • The idea of taking impressions from any form of incised drawings was not suggested until many centuries later.

    Engraving for Illustration Joseph Kirkbride
  • The gauge used should be a cutting gauge, so that the line is incised about 1⁄32 in.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • The tops of these are often incised with quaint patterns, the impress of which appears on the cake.

  • The wood was incised and even torn in places, but the branches were not hurt.

    Thunder and Lightning Camille Flammarion
  • On two the wheel of life was incised, and on another a divine image, which I carried off as a souvenir of the source of the Indus.

  • The clay was incised or embossed and natural earths were used as pigments.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
  • The larger pinions at the ends of the wings have been outlined, regularly by incised lines, and then filled up with color.

  • The example illustrated (p. 145) has incised carving or "scratch."

  • The slip decoration is lightly done and there is a tendency to incised decoration of conventional floral design.

    Chats on Old Earthenware Arthur Hayden
  • The red clay is covered with a creamy enamel, overrun with incised lines.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
British Dictionary definitions for incised


cut into or engraved: an incised surface
made by cutting or engraving: an incised design
(of a wound) cleanly cut, as with a surgical knife
having margins that are sharply and deeply indented: an incised leaf


(transitive) to produce (lines, a design, etc) by cutting into the surface of (something) with a sharp tool
Word Origin
C16: from Latin incīdere to cut into, from in-² + caedere to cut
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Word Origin and History for incised



1540s, from French inciser (15c.), from Old French enciser (12c.), from Latin incisus, past participle of incidere "to cut into, cut through" (see incision). Related: Incised; incising.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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incised in Medicine

incise in·cise (ĭn-sīz')
v. in·cised, in·cis·ing, in·cis·es
To cut into with a sharp instrument.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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