Definition of incise in English:



[with object]
  • 1Mark or decorate (an object or surface) with a cut or cuts.

    ‘a button incised with a skull’
    • ‘The ground paving is sometimes incised with curving shapes, but this falls short of the beauty of colorful terrazzo, the preferred paving in traditional public architecture.’
    • ‘The surface is incised by the major rivers and their tributaries and is therefore not continuous across the entire region.’
    • ‘Many horns were decorated with cast or incised metal mounts.’
    • ‘The chip-carved and incised surfaces of the three-dimensional pieces are filled in with crayon, as are the irregular patterns of geometric shapes in the drawings, which shine with a colorful waxy patina.’
    • ‘And a bit further down the page, ‘The simple surfaces look almost as if they have been incised with a sharp tool.’’
    • ‘Any carving which was added afterward would have to be incised below the outline of the existing surface.’
    • ‘A museum in Cuzco still features these neatly incised skulls.’
    • ‘During a performance, Hebert sits at a table frantically incising his expressive, jagged marks into the emulsion of a narrow strip of film, reflecting the situation of every worker who has ever had to keep up with the pace of a machine.’
    • ‘I shaped a bird of sorts on the handle and incised Somare's totem on the blade.’
    • ‘A score was at first a cut (it is related to shear) but then developed to mean a notch in a piece of wood, an idea it keeps in the modern verb ‘to mark or incise a line‘.’
    • ‘This is where a drawing is incised into cardboard using a sharp point.’
    • ‘When he finishes a canvas, he incises his name directly into wet paint in regular but loopy characters.’
    • ‘The term intaglio is used when the design is incised and sunk beneath the surface of the block and is moulded in reverse, which strictly speaking is not really a relief but the reverse of relief, and is often used for gemstone carvings.’
    • ‘At least two storage jars are known that have been incised in script indicating ownership or intended contents.’
    • ‘Some of the galleries had incised lines cut into the wall, perhaps tally marks, or identification symbols.’
    • ‘There is no precedent for this at all - if in fact they are incised markings rather than butchery marks.’
    • ‘The scene is incised on the fleshlike inner surface of the shell, itself doubled in its own representation.’
    • ‘Heech Tablet, melding architectural form and geometric abstraction, extends this conceit using a bronze slab whose surface is incised with rows of small rectangles meant to evoke a cuneiform inscription.’
    • ‘At the entrance to the road to the furthest hill stands a big bluestone tablet on which is incised, ‘Ancient Longzhong’ with a couplet on both sides.’
    • ‘As the painting emerges from the alternate scumbling and glazing of the surface, Gobhai marks in his definitive lines, drawing and sometimes incising them with a burnishing tool.’
    1. 1.1 Cut (a mark or decoration) into a surface.
      ‘figures incised on upright stones’
      • ‘As you do - or at least as you do if you are engaged in public art, providing the poem which will appear on a piece of sculpture, whether incised into stone or stamped into steel, carved in wood or inscribed on stained glass.’
      • ‘These stone roundels, of uncertain date and attribution, seem like large-scale sculptures derived from ancient gems and incised precious stones acquired by the Medici.’
      • ‘A particular group, to which this first example belongs, have inscriptions incised into the face of a piece of rock situated to the left, right or immediately above the figure.’
      • ‘Then the image is incised into the wax or resin layer with an etching needle.’
      • ‘Engraving, or incising, to use Wood's term, refers to cutting into the plaque to form the design so that the face of the plaque is flat, the design inset as an intaglio.’
      • ‘Then there are the votive offerings made by the agency of jaws and body juices: small medallions of gum layering the walls - pale pinks and blues and browns, with names inscribed or incised.’
      • ‘In engraving, fine lines are incised directly into the plate and the burrs removed to produce clean, sharp lines on the print.’
      • ‘It is attributed to Joseph Henry Remmey, who is known for similar elaborately incised cobalt blue decoration, especially of stylized birds.’
      • ‘Studded with a patchwork of stones and inscriptions and incised with a Miralles sketch, it stops passers-by in their tracks and provides animation at street level.’
      • ‘An initial line-drawing is incised into a metal plate, either by directly engraving it or biting it with acid, to create grooves which take in ink.’
      • ‘The site, which pays tribute to Daphne Home Lorimer MBE, features a selection of historical and archaeological papers and pictures, including details of a newly discovered Pictish figure, incised on a bone found in Burray.’
      • ‘Today, it seems that there are so many popular techniques that build on the making of marks: gouging, carving and incising into paint and other media; creating a layering of shapes and colors; and overlays of images that play on our senses.’
      • ‘As time went on, wood engravings incised on boxwood blocks and lithographic processes were the most common ways to put images on paper, in black and white or with two or more colours.’
      • ‘Lying near the church ruins as reported in Volume 5 of the Irish Memorials of the Dead was a small fragment of a large slab, bearing the remains of an inscription in deeply cut incised capitals with the date 1712.’
      • ‘Stone could be carved, incised, or one set of stone ornaments overlaid on another.’
      • ‘In certain daylight, the network seems to dissolve the sandstone forms of the art gallery, while in the evening the lighting pulls the gallery forward, so that the lines appear to be incised directly into the stone.’
      • ‘As the sun was setting we walked to the cemetery, and there, incised in stone, was the name Lucy Lampton.’
      • ‘Since engravings are usually incised with the light coming in from the side, to avoid the shadow of the artist's hand obscuring his or her view, they often require lighting from the side to be seen clearly.’
      • ‘Funnily enough the answer is incised in stone in the bas-reliefs that line the lower walls of the vast, ancient Khmer temple of Angkor Wat.’
      • ‘He or she carefully incises this mark with a knife blade or scissors to expose the underlying fascia covering the intrinsic laryngeal musculature.’
      engrave, etch, carve, cut, chisel, inscribe, score, chase, notch
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    2. 1.2 Cut (skin or flesh) with a surgical instrument.
      ‘the wound was incised and drained’
      • ‘The abscess was incised and drained, and his airway symptoms immediately improved.’
      • ‘The boy was admitted to hospital, and three days later the swelling was incised and drained under general anaesthesia.’
      • ‘The surgeon incises the peritoneum lateral to the colon and mobilizes the descending colon and splenic flexure.’
      • ‘On the other hand, a cut which incises a muscle at right angles to the longitudinal axis of its fibers can be expected to compromise the function of that muscle to a degree commensurate with the severity of the cut.’
      • ‘The desired outcome was based on the surgeon's ability to manipulate a cryolathe, which is an instrument designed to incise tissue linearly.’
      • ‘With the electrosurgical pencil, the surgeon incises the pericardium longitudinally, extending upward to the superior vena cava.’
      • ‘The surgeon incises the omentum along the lesser curvature of the stomach at a point below the second branch of the left gastric artery.’
      • ‘After the surgeon makes the initial skin incision and ensures hemostasis, he or she incises the subcutaneous tissue.’
      • ‘The pus may escape or drain through a ruptured or incised tympanic membrane, the eardrum.’
      • ‘If the stridor persists and all medication fails and death is imminent, then the only hope is incising the ligaments between two of the tracheal rings without injuring the cartilage.’
      • ‘Since the 1960s, evidence has indicated that antimicrobials administered shortly before the skin is incised can prevent surgical site infections.’
      • ‘Surgeons should be strongly encouraged to refrain from incising the tumor capsule prior to examination by a pathologist; incisions result in tissue retraction and can compromise margin assessment.’
      • ‘This approach involves incising the skin and subcutaneous tissue overlying the sternum, sawing longitudinally through the manubrium, body, and xiphoid process of the sternum, and cutting into the pericardial sacs.’
      • ‘For, although they refer to lacerations of the hand, it is clear from the photographs used to illustrate the paper, both on the front and inside the journal, that these are incised wounds.’
      • ‘Bone plugs from the patella and the tibial tubercle were taken in line with the incised tendon by using a small saw.’
      • ‘This procedure can be performed without incising the eye.’
      • ‘Esophageal hiatus is enlarged by incising the central tendon anteriorly to the pericardium.’
      • ‘The supracondylar fat is elevated, and the patellofemoral ligament is incised.’
      • ‘The surgeon incises the skin and bluntly dissects through the subcutaneous fat to expose the sartorius.’
      • ‘After the surgeon incises the fascial layer, extends the incision proximally and distally, and retracts medially and laterally, he or she measures the patellar tendon width.’
      cut, cut into, make an incision in, slit, slit open, lance
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Mid 16th century: from French inciser, from Latin incis- ‘cut into, engraved’, from the verb incidere, from in- ‘into’ + caedere ‘to cut’.