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Definition of the noun incubation

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noun - plural: incubations

  1. maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: aid / attention / care / tending = the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something
  2. (pathology) the phase in the development of an infection between the time a pathogen enters the body and the time the first symptoms appear
    • domain: pathology
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic words: phase / stage = any distinct time period in a sequence of events
    • part of: infection = the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
  3. sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body

Alternative definition of the noun incubation


  1. Sitting on eggs for the purpose of hatching young; a brooding on, or keeping warm, to develop the life within, by any process.
  2. [pathology] The development of a disease from its causes, or its period of incubation. (See below.)
  3. [chemistry] A period of little reaction which is followed by more rapid reaction.
  4. Sleeping in a temple or other holy place in order to have oracular dreams.


  1. "Incubation" is a musical album of Blue Byte.
  2. "Incubation" is a musical album of Function.
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  3. "Incubation" is a musical album of S.U.P..
    • released on (11 years ago)
  4. "Incubation" is a musical album of The Flow.
    • released in (12 years ago)


  1. "Incubation" is a book by Bhanu Kapil Rider.
    • also known as "Incubation: a space for monsters"
  2. "Incubation" is a book by Katie Thear.


  1. Incubation is one of the 4 proposed stages of creativity: preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification. Incubation is defined as a process of unconscious recombination of thought elements that were stimulated through conscious work at one point in time, resulting in novel ideas at some later point in time. incubation is related to intuition and insight in that it is the unconscious part of a process whereby an intuition may become validated as an insight. Incubation substantially increases the odds of solving a problem, and benefits from long incubation periods with low cognitive workloads.
  2. Incubation is the religious practice of sleeping in a sacred area with the intention of experiencing a divinely inspired dream or cure. Incubation was practised by many ancient cultures. In perhaps the most well known instance among the Hebrews, found in 1 Kings 3, Solomon went to Gibeon "because that was the most renowned high place to offer sacrifices." There "the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night," and Solomon asked God for the gift of an understanding heart. Among the members of the cult of Asclepius, Votive offerings found at ritual centres at Epidaurus, Pergamum, and Rome detail the perceived effectiveness of the method. Incubation was adopted by certain Christian sects and is still used in a few Greek monasteries. Modern practices for influencing dream content by dream incubation utilise more research-driven techniques, but they sometimes incorporate elements reflecting these ancient beliefs.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Incubation

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Google previewStorey's Guide to Raising Ducks, 2nd Edition (2011)

Breeds, Care, Health by Dave Holderread

Multistage and Single-Stage Incubation Multistage incubation is the term used to describe the procedure of setting eggs at different times in the same incubator. Virtually all small incubators are intended to be used as multistage machines if ...

Google previewDelivering Authentic Arts Education PDF (2013)

by Judith Dinham

Incubation is the period of pondering on the problem. This may involve thinking or daydreaming...

Google previewHatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks (2013)

Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl by Gail Damerow

Single-stage incubation is the procedure to follow if you wish to hatch a few birds once a year.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Creativity (1999)

by Mark A. Runco, Steven R. Pritzker

INCUBATION refers to a stage of creative problem solving in which a problem is temporarily put aside after a period of...

Perhaps the best known case of incubation is that of Archimedes' discovery of the principle of displacement, the idea that ...

Google previewOrganizational Behavior: Managing People and Organizations (2013)

by Ricky W. Griffin, Gregory Moorhead

Incubation is the stage of less intense conscious concentration during which a creative person lets the knowledge and ideas acquired during preparation mature and develop. Insight is the stage in the creative process in which all the scattered ...

Google previewReport (1907)

by Ontario. Dept. of Agriculture

Incubation is a very broad subject. Only by collecting the Various experiences of workers in the field could a basis be formed for the truth, because, the science of artificial incubation is only about one per cent, of facts and the balance is guess ...

Google previewThe Dream Encyclopedia (2009)

by James R Lewis, Evelyn Dorothy Oliver

Dream incubation refers to the practice of seeking dreams for specific purposes— healing, financial guidance, general advice, divination, and so on. Dream incubation was extremely popular in the ancient world, and was a major phenomenon ...

Google previewSupervision in Psychodrama (2012)

Experiential Learning in Psychotherapy and Training by Hannes Krall, Jutta Fürst, Pierre Fontaine

Dream incubation is a technique investigated by Gasseau according to the ancient ideas of Asclepius (Gasseau & Bernardini, 2009). Dramatic plays, myths and rituals are interconnected in Jungian psychodrama. Dramatic plays contain rules ...

Google previewMethods in Microbiology (1973)

The lowest concentration preventing growth after 24 h incubation is the MIC. It is feasible that a similar procedure could be adopted to achieve an MIC against spheroplast development, but this would necessitate the presence of the inducing ...

Google previewCreative Conspiracy (2013)

The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration by Leigh Thompson

Incubation refers to how our unconscious mind often works on a problem when we just can't think about it anymore. This is why sometimes people think of a solution to a problem when they are in the shower or tak- ing a walk—they are not ...

Google previewPrinciples and Practice of Radiation Therapy (2015)

by Charles M. Washington, Dennis T. Leaver

Incubation is the time interval between exposure and the appearance of the first symptom. The clinical disease stage is the time interval in which a person exhibits clinical signs and symptoms. Convalescence is the stage of recovery from the ...

Google previewCreativity and Innovation in Education (2013)

by Nga Giap Binh

Incubation is a maturing phase, and is often considered as the most creative part of the entire creative process. The insight occurs when a subconscious connection between ideas fits so well that it is forced to pop out into awareness [ 35].

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health (2010)

AVERAGE INCUBATION PERIODS Incubation is the time between catching an illness and showing its symptoms. A person becomes ill when the body is invaded by a pathogen (a disease-causing microorganism or agent). Pathogens are ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Psychology (2016)

by Ray Corsini

incubation See INCUBATION PERIOD. incubation of anxiety The increased impairment of ongoing behavior that occurs following a period of time away from an anxiety-inducing setting. Reported both in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Alternative Investments (2008)

by Greg N. Gregoriou

Therefore, hedge funds usually go through an incubation period—the time lag between the inception date of the fund and the date the track record is included in the database— before the hedge fund managers decide to report (Fung and ...

Google previewThe Chicken Encyclopedia (2012)

An Illustrated Reference by Gail Damerow

incubation humidity \The amount of moisture in the air inside an incubator. For a successful hatch, moisture must evaporate from ...

Google previewFoods and Food Production Encyclopedia (2012)

by Douglas M. Considine

The incubation period may be long or short, depending upon the peculiarities of each specific host-parasite relationship and the ease with which the infecting organism or toxin finds access to the tissue in which its primary multiplication or toxic ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Epidemiology (2008)

by Sarah Boslaugh

The disease process encompasses the incubation period and the clinical signs and symptoms. Whereas the knowledge of infectiveness is of paramount importance for microbiological, pharmacological, and public health purposes, the main ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism (2016)

Second Edition by Geoffrey W. Dennis

Incubation: ( ). The practice of sleeping, usually in a sacred location, in order to induce a divinatory or veridical dream, or for the purpose of communing with a numinous entity. Those seeking to commune with God, Angels, divine voices, or the ...

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I demonstrated the characteristics of experimental fever. It appears after an incubation period which is never less than five days. It follows the same pattern as natural fever in man, but is of shorter duration and less pronounced. (Charles Jules Henry Nicole)
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Scrabble value of I1N1C3U1B3A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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