Definition of Incubate

1. Verb. Grow under conditions that promote development.

Generic synonyms: Develop
Derivative terms: Incubation, Incubation



2. Verb. Sit on (eggs). "The female covers the eggs"
Exact synonyms: Brood, Cover, Hatch
Generic synonyms: Multiply, Procreate, Reproduce
Related verbs: Hatch, Breed, Cover
Entails: Sit, Sit Down
Derivative terms: Brood, Brooder, Hatch, Incubation, Incubator

Definition of Incubate

1. v. i. & t. To sit, as on eggs for hatching; to brood; to brood upon, or keep warm, as eggs, for the purpose of hatching.

Definition of Incubate

1. Verb. (transitive) To brood, raise, or maintain eggs, organisms, or living tissue through the provision of ideal environmental conditions. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To incubate metaphorically; to ponder an idea slowly and deliberately as if in preparation for hatching it. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Incubate

1. to warm eggs for hatching [v -BATED, -BATING, -BATES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Incubate

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incrystallizable
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incubate (current term)
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Literary usage of Incubate

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1. The Story of the Birds by James Newton Baskett (1897)
"WHY DID BIRDS BEGIN TO incubate ? WE have followed the bird's story thus far by the development of changes in its structure slightly and in its outer ..."

2. Snakes: Curiosities and Wonders of Serpent Life by Catherine Cooper Hopley (1882)
"DO SNAKES incubate THEIR EGGS? WE come now to treat of facts no less interesting than surprising in ophidian biographies. Already we have recounted almost ..."

3. The Elements of Bacteriological Technique: A Laboratory Guide for Medical by John William Henry Eyre (1913)
"Prepare four sets of cultivations: (A) Sloped glucose formate agar, and incubate aerobically at 37° C. Sloped glucose formate gelatine, and incubate ..."

4. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1922)
"incubate an additional 24 hours, making a total of 48 hours incubation; observe gas-formation. 1. Gas-formation, any amount; constitutes doubtful test, ..."

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