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Definitions of incubate

  1. sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. develop under favorable conditions, such as germs and bacteria Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. To sit, as on eggs for hatching; to brood; to brood upon, or keep warm, as eggs, for the purpose of hatching. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To sit upon (eggs) to hatch them; to keep (as eggs, etc.) under conditions of warmth favorable for hatching. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To brood. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To sit on eggs to hatch them. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To sit on, as eggs. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To sit upon in order to hatch; sit, as on eggs; to hatch by sitting. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. To study; plan. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To sit, as on eggs, for batching. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. To sit upon, as upon eggs for hatching. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. To maintain (a living organism, such as microorganisms or a premature baby) under appropriate conditions, such as of temperature, humidity, or atmospheric composition, for growth; as, coliform bacteria grow best when incubated at 37. dictgcide_fs
  13. To develop gradually in some interior environment, until fully formed; as, the ideas for his book were incubating for two years before he began to write. dictgcide_fs
  14. in'k[=u]-b[=a]t, v.i. to sit on eggs to hatch them.--v.t. to produce by hatching: (fig.) to turn over in the mind, ponder over.--n. INCUB[=A]'TION, the act of sitting on eggs to hatch them: (fig.) meditation on schemes: (med.) the period between the implanting of a disease and its development.--adjs. IN'CUB[=A]TIVE, INCUB[=A]'TORY.--n. IN'CUB[=A]TOR, a machine for hatching eggs by artificial heat. [L. incub[=a]re, -[=a]tum--in, upon, cub[=a]re, to lie.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. Hatch (eggs) by sitting on them or otherwise; sit on eggs, brood. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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