Definitions of incubation

  1. sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body
  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
  3. maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development
  4. A sitting on eggs for the purpose of hatching young; a brooding on, or keeping warm, ( eggs) to develop the life within, by any process.
  5. The development of a disease from its causes, or its period of incubation. ( See below.)
  6. A sleeping in a consecrated place for the purpose of dreaming oracular dreams.
  7. The act of hatching by any means.
  8. 1. The keeping of bacterial or protozoan cultures in an incubator to favor their development. 2. The maintenance of a premature or marantic infant in a couveuse. 3. The development of an infectious disease from the period of infection to that of the appearance of the first symptoms. 4. The passing of the night in a temple, church, shrine, etc, as a means of obtaining a cure of disease.
  9. The act of sitting on eggs to hatch them: ( med.) the period between the implanting of a disease and its development: the act of sleeping for oracular dreams. " This place was celebrated for the worship of Aesculapius, in whose temple incubation, i. e. sleeping for oracular dreams, was practiced."- E. B. Tylor.
  10. The act of incubating; a planning or producing.
  11. The act of incubating or batching; the development of the germ of a disease.
  12. The act of sitting on eggs for the hatching of young; in med., the period during which a contagious disease lies latent before showing itself.
  13. The hatching of eggs by means of heat, natural or artificial.

Usage examples for incubation

  1. Incubation of duck eggs can be carried on in the same manner as chicken eggs, except that more moisture is essential to good hatches. – A Living from the Land by William B. Duryee
  2. He may breed in a tree over the farmer's or fisherman's door without the slightest danger of being disturbed in his incubation. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  3. If during incubation an egg should be broken, remove it, and take out the remainder, and cleanse them in luke- warm water, or it is probable the sticky nature of the contents of the broken egg will make the others cling to the hen's feathers; and they, too, may be fractured. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  4. The work by the Ontario Station on the subject of incubation is discussed in the Chapter on Incubation. – The Dollar Hen by Milo M. Hastings
  5. The race of animals which exists on this deadly and destructive soil is an instrument of incubation for typhus, not in consequence of their peculiar structure, but because the conditions under which they live condemn them to this fate. – On the cattle plague: or, Contagious typhus in horned cattle. Its history, origin, description, and treatment by Honoré Bourguignon
  6. Some of them had been brought out by artificial incubation- had been heated, as it were, into existence without maternal aid. – Six Months at the Cape by R.M. Ballantyne
  7. All the eggs intended for incubation purposes are sounded by striking them gently against one another in order to detect and remove the cracked eggs. – Ducks and Geese by Harry M. Lamon Rob R. Slocum
  8. If she proposes to lecture, she ought to be able to prepare a better lecture on Mormonism than she has ever yet delivered; if a book is in process of incubation it ought to be of more value than any former book on this subject. –  by
  9. A fever- we call it the fever of incubation- is the forerunner of several very different ailments, and, at the beginning, the most accurate eye may fail to see what is beyond. – The Allen House or Twenty Years Ago and Now by T. S. Arthur
  10. By the fourth day of this emotional incubation, Marjorie was thinking of Trafford to the exclusion of all her reading; and Trafford was lying awake at nights- oh, for half an hour and more- thinking of bold, decisive ways of getting at Marjorie, and bold, decisive things to say to her when he did. – Marriage by H. G. Wells
  11. The stage of incubation is from three to five days. – Special Report on Diseases of Cattle by U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler
  12. Long before the astute Chinese practised the artificial incubation of hens' and ducks' eggs, these sage birds of ours had mastered it. – The Confessions of a Beachcomber by E J Banfield
  13. All kinds of eggs can be safely kept three weeks for purposes of incubation, say, at forty- five to fifty degrees, though I always like to have them as fresh as possible. – Natural and Artificial Duck Culture by James Rankin
  14. He discovered that the eggs after incubation remained suspended in the water for a space of from three to five days. – Faces and Places by Henry William Lucy
  15. Often the male rivals the female in love for the young; he is in constant attendance in the vicinity of the nest; he guards, feeds and sings to the female, and sometimes shares with her the duty of incubation. – The Truth About Woman by C. Gasquoine Hartley
  16. If you take a seed in your fingers, push it in the ground and cover it up, incubation, growth and development is expected in obedience to the law under which it serves. – Philosophy of Osteopathy by Andrew T. Still
  17. In Russia, at any rate, the general condition of society from which it sprang was characterized not by the advance of social science, but by a psychic disorder the germs of which, after a century of incubation, were brought to the final phase of development by the war. – The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference by Emile Joseph Dillon
  18. When the hen has sat hard all day, she rushes forth just as it is almost dark, and stretches and relieves her weary limbs, and snatches a scanty meal for a few minutes, and then returns to her duty of incubation. – The-Natural-History-of-Selborne by White, Gilbert
  19. The latter hypothesis seems the more probable, for it is hard to believe that at any stage in the incubation of Hedda Gabler he can have conceived it as even beginning in gaiety. – Hedda Gabler Play In Four Acts by Henrik Ibsen
  20. Certain birds are parasitic, in this sense, that they compel or induce other birds to perform the labour of incubation and of rearing their young. – The Romance of Natural History, Second Series by Philip Henry Gosse