to cut into with a sharp tool; specif., to cut (designs, inscriptions, etc.) into (a surface); engrave; carve
Origin of inciseFrench inciser ; from Classical Latin incisus, past participle of incidere, to cut into ; from in-, into + caedere, to cut: see -cide
transitive verbin·cised, in·cis·ing, in·cis·es
- To cut into, as with a sharp instrument: incised the tablet with chisels; a plateau that had been deeply incised by streams.
- a. To engrave (designs or writing, for example) into a surface; carve.b. To engrave designs, writing, or other marks into.
Origin of inciseFrench inciser, from Old French enciser, from Vulgar Latin *inc&imacron;sare, frequentative of Latin inc&imacron;dere, inc&imacron;s- : in-, in; see in–2 + caedere, to cut; see ka&schwa;-id- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present incises, present participle incising, simple past and past participle incised)
OriginSee also: incisé
From Middle French inciser