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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v incise make an incision into by carving or cutting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Incise To cut in or into with a sharp instrument; to carve; to engrave. "I on thy grave this epitaph incise ."
    • Incise To cut, gash, or wound with a sharp instrument; to cut off.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • incise To cut in or into; form or treat by cutting; specifically, to engrave; carve in intaglio.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Incise in-siz′ to cut into: to cut or gash: to engrave
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  • Emily Dickinson
    “Surgeons must be very careful. When they take the knife!, underneath their fine incisions, stirs the Culprit -- Life!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. incisus, p. p. of incidere, to incise: cf. F. inciser,. See Incide
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. inciser—L. incīdĕre, incisumin, into, cædĕre, to cut.


In literature:

Abby was attractive to men in spite of her smallness and leanness and incisiveness of manner.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The incisions were large, deep, and brutal-looking.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
Jim Dodge had treated her to one of his dark-browed, incisive glances before replying.
"An Alabaster Box" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
"The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao" by Fay-Cooper Cole
Cutting, scraping, tearing, and pulling, he at last succeeded in making a deep incision around the skull.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
They heard the faint, distant, incisive sound of a shot.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The back flower can have the near petals modelled, while the distant ones can be just indicated on plaque with incised lines.
"The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII: No. 356, October 23, 1886." by Various
We need the decisive "go"; the incisive, inclusive "sell"; the privileged "give"; the new-meaninged "come" into His presence.
"Quiet Talks on Following the Christ" by S. D. Gordon
The back fin must have incisions on each side in order to remove it.
"On the Trail" by Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
Cut a long, deep incision lengthwise on each side.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green
An incision was then made, and she was better during some time.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, Issue 2, February, 1864" by Various
The San Reve was far from being gifted with that cold, incisive wisdom which he ascribed to her.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
He dearly loved an argument, and could be both provoking and incisive.
"Hugh" by Arthur Christopher Benson
His speech should be short, incisive, always to the point, but never founded on argument.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
She was surprised that she had told Burnaby these things; even more surprised at the growing incisiveness of her voice.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
With Francis, on the contrary, all is incisive, clear, practical.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
In the left shoulder a tiny incision had been made and the skin neatly stitched up again with fine thread.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
Very definitely then, with quick deeds, incisive words, he separated the immediate combatants, and ordered the other dogs into submission.
"Peace on Earth, Good-will to Dogs" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
The incision should then be stretched by means of retractors, until the contents of the sac can be lifted out.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
The fifte was Marques of Incise, whose name and progeny liueth to this daye.
"The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1" by William Painter

In poetry:

Why the groove?
Why the lovely, bivalve roundnesses?
Why the ripple down the sphere?
Why the suggestion of incision?
"Peach" by D H Lawrence
One is incisive, corrosive:
Two retorts, nettled, curt, crepitant;
Three makes rejoinder, expansive, explosive;
Four overbears them all, strident and strepitant,
Five… O Danaides, O Sieve!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning
My world is pyramid. The padded mummer
Weeps on the desert ochre and the salt
Incising summer.
My Egypt's armour buckling in its sheet,
I scrape through resin to a starry bone
And a blood parhelion.
"My World Is Pyramid" by Dylan Thomas
Fond man, that canst believe her blood
Will from those purple channels flow;
Or that the pure untainted flood
Can any foul distemper know;
Or that thy weak steel can incise
The crystal case wherein it lies:
"Celia Bleeding, To the Surgeon" by Thomas Carew

In news:

An upper incision is made, usually just below the groin, and a thin, wire-like instrument is inserted into the vein and threaded downward.
At the workshop, Felisa came up with the most incisive suggestion: Maybe there is a life form that uses arsenic instead of phosphorus (they are chemically similar) in its organic structure.
Following ancient Egyptian procedure, he first made a small incision approximately 4 inches long on the left side of the abdomen.
A movie review, even one as incisive and elegant as this, is no way to be introduced to Hitchcock's horror masterpiece.
Chesterton is often regarded as a staunch and unwavering apologist for Christianity, a culture-warrior of the right, a rollicking jester who trounced his opponents with incisive paradoxes and witty self-mockery.
A PPRCT graft was collected from the palate by performing a palatal incision 2 mm from the incisal margin of teeth Nos.
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication, or TIF, is a procedure that leaves no visible scarring and has no risk of an infection from an incision.
The incision left an ugly scar.
Mary's of Michigan neurosurgeon Gerald Schell is performing minimally-invasive spinal fusion surgeries that require just two tiny incisions.
There's definitely an incisively funny movie to be made about the insanity of political elections.
Surgical Incision Closure Device.
Meet 'Shrek,' a doctor who insists on surgery in every case—and has a surgical-incision infection rate of 20.
In his incisive documentary '16 Acres, ' Richard Hankin looks at the clashing interests behind the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site in New York.
Baroque Pop and Incisive Lyircs.
The surgeon later told him a strong smell like nail polish remover had come out of the incision in his stomach.

In science:

Leonid Polterovich for arousing my interest in quasi-states, and for his suggestions, incisive comments and advice.
Quasi-states and the Poisson bracket on surfaces
We make separate incisions in the probability space and the frequency space.
Quasi-periodic solutions of nonlinear random Schr\"odinger equations
We first make incisions in the probability space.
Quasi-periodic solutions of nonlinear random Schr\"odinger equations
In this way, new surveys can lead to more incisive quantitative conclusions about the true underlying galaxy population.
Star formation trends in high-redshift galaxy surveys: the elephant or the tail?
In the supine position, a midline ventral incision was made in the neck.
Time course of oxidative damage in different brain regions following transient cerebral ischemia in gerbils
The incision was closed and the occluding suture was left in place until sacrificing the animals.
Effects of pyruvate administration on infarct volume and neurological deficits following permanent focal cerebral ischemia in rats
Such spectra extend the lever arm in k space, allowing a more incisive determination of any possible spectral tilt, ns .
The Cosmic Microwave Background for Pedestrians: A Review for Particle and Nuclear Physicists
At present time we are in an interesting position of having three sets of measurements (from LEP/SLC, B factories and the Tevatron) that originate from different environments, obtained using substantially different techniques and are precise enough for incisive comparison.
Averages of b-hadron and c-hadron Properties at the End of 2007
Reipurth deserves special thanks for identifying the beautiful images of T Tau (Figure 1) and IC 2087 (Figure 14), his many incisive comments on the manuscript, and his unflagging dedication to and suppo rt for star formation research.
Low Mass Star Formation in the Taurus-Auriga Clouds
Nevertheless, the range and precision of the heavy flavor measurements contines to improve and enable incisive tests of the various production mechanisms.
DIS2011 Heavy Flavours Session Summary (WG5)
The study of these particles in e+e− annihilation led to many incisive experimental probes of the weak interactions, including precision mass measurements and measurements of branching ratios and polarization asymmetries.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for Higgs Hunting 2012
There is, however, a possible discrepancy in xT scaling for jets, which should be an incisive test for the theory.
QCD Tests in Proton-Antiproton Collisions
The JLC group has pioneered a program where they have shown that it is possible to measure chargino, LSP and slepton masses to a precision of ∼ 2%, and further, to make other precision measurements which will allow incisive tests of the assumptions that underlie the mSUGRA framework.
Summary of the Supersymmetry Working Group
We can expect more incisive results in the future, for example, from an analysis of the data from ZEUS where the diffracted proton is explicitly measured (and corresponding future data from the other experiments).
QCD and Hadronic Interactions: Summary talk for Moriond 97
The successor experiment, NuTeV, has an improved data sample that will permit more incisive analyses.
Perspectives on Heavy Quark 98