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 formsun·in·cised, adjective



verb (used with object), in·cised, in·cis·ing.

to cut into; cut marks, figures, etc., upon.
to make (marks, figures, etc.) by cutting; engrave; carve.

Origin of incise

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for incised

carved, etched

Examples from the Web for incised

Historical Examples of incised

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

    Woodwork Joints

    William Fairham

  • Some are beautifully polished and ornamented with incised work.

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

    Thunder and Lightning

    Camille Flammarion

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

    The Potter's Craft

    Charles F. Binns

  • This incised knob is said by the Indians to represent the head of a snake.

British Dictionary definitions for incised



cut into or engravedan incised surface
made by cutting or engravingan incised design
(of a wound) cleanly cut, as with a surgical knife
having margins that are sharply and deeply indentedan incised leaf



(tr) to produce (lines, a design, etc) by cutting into the surface of (something) with a sharp tool

Word Origin for incise

C16: from Latin incīdere to cut into, from in- ² + caedere to cut
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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

incised in Medicine




To cut into with a sharp instrument.
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