1. The act of incising, or cutting into a substance. Milton.
2. That which is produced by incising; the separation of the parts of any substance made by a cutting or
pointed instrument; a cut; a gash.
3. Separation or solution of viscid matter by medicines. [Obs.]
(In*ci"sive) a. [Cf. F. incisif.]
1. Having the quality of incising, cutting, or penetrating, as with a sharp instrument; cutting; hence, sharp; acute; sarcastic; biting.
"An incisive, high voice." G. Eliot.
And her incisive smile accreditingMrs. Browning.
That treason of false witness in my blush.
2. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the incisors; incisor; as, the incisive bones, the premaxillaries.
(In*ci"sor) n. [NL.] (Anat.) One of the teeth in front of the canines in either jaw; an incisive tooth.
(In*ci"sor), a. Adapted for cutting; of or pertaining to the incisors; incisive; as, the incisor nerve; an
incisor foramen; an incisor tooth.
(In*ci"so*ry) a. Having the quality of cutting; incisor; incisive.
(In*cis"ure) n. [L. incisura: cf. F. incisure.] A cut; an incision; a gash. Derham.
(In*cit"ant) a. [L. incitans, -antis, p. pr. of incitare. See Incite.] Inciting; stimulating.
(In*cit"ant), n. That which incites; an inciting agent or cause; a stimulant. E. Darwin.
(In`ci*ta"tion) n. [L. incitatio: cf. F. incitation.]
1. The act of inciting or moving to action.
2. That which incites to action; that which rouses or prompts; incitement; motive; incentive.
The noblest incitation to honest attempts.Tatler.
(In*cit"a*tive) n. A provocative; an incitant; a stimulant. [R.] Jervas.
(In*cite") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Incited ; p. pr. & vb. n. Inciting.] [L. incitare; pref. in- in + citare
to rouse, stir up: cf. F. inciter. See Cite.] To move to action; to stir up; to rouse; to spur or urge on.
Anthiochus, when he incited Prusias to join in war, set before him the greatness of the Romans.Bacon.
No blown ambition doth our arms incite.Shak.
Syn. Excite; stimulate; instigate; spur; goad; arouse; move; urge; rouse; provoke; encourage; prompt; animate.
(In*cite"ment) n. [Cf. F. incitement.]
1. The act of inciting.
2. That which incites the mind, or moves to action; motive; incentive; impulse. Burke.
From the long records of a distant age,Pope.
Derive incitements to renew thy rage.