Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Incapableness noun The quality or state of being incapable; incapability.

Incapably adverb In an incapable manner.

Incapacious adjective [ Prefix in- not + capacious : confer Latin incapax incapable.] Not capacious; narrow; small; weak or foolish; as, an incapacious soul. Bp. Burnet. -- In`ca*pa"cious*ness , noun

Incapacitate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Incapacitated ; present participle & verbal noun Incapacitating .] [ Prefix in- not + capacitate .]


1. To deprive of capacity or natural power; to disable; to render incapable or unfit; to disqualify; as, his age incapacitated him for war.

2. (Law) To deprive of legal or constitutional requisites, or of ability or competency for the performance of certain civil acts; to disqualify.

It absolutely incapacitated them from holding rank, office, function, or property.
Milman.

Incapacitation noun The act of incapacitating or state of being incapacitated; incapacity; disqualification. Burke.

Incapacity noun ; plural Incapacities [ Confer French incapacité .]


1. Want of capacity; lack of physical or intellectual power; inability.

2. (Law) Want of legal ability or competency to do, give, transmit, or receive something; inability; disqualification; as, the inacapacity of minors to make binding contracts, etc.

Syn. -- Inability; incapability; incompetency; unfitness; disqualification; disability.

Incapsulate transitive verb (Physiol.) To inclose completely, as in a membrane.

Incapsulation noun (Physiol.) The process of becoming, or the state or condition of being, incapsulated; as, incapsulation of the ovum in the uterus.

Incarcerate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Incarcerated ; present participle & verbal noun Incarcerating .] [ Prefix in- in + Latin carceratus , past participle of carcerare to imprison, from carcer prison.]


1. To imprison; to confine in a jail or prison.

2. To confine; to shut up or inclose; to hem in.

Incarcerated hernia (Medicine) , hernia in which the constriction can not be easily reduced.

Incarcerate adjective Imprisoned. Dr. H. More.

Incarceration noun [ Confer French incarcération .]


1. The act of confining, or the state of being confined; imprisonment. Glanvill.

2. (Medicine) (a) Formerly, strangulation, as in hernia. (b) A constriction of the hernial sac, rendering it irreducible, but not great enough to cause strangulation.

Incarcerator noun One who incarcerates.

Incarn transitive verb [ Confer French incarner . See Incarnate .] To cover or invest with flesh. [ R.] Wiseman.

Incarn intransitive verb To develop flesh. [ R.] Wiseman.

Incarnadine adjective [ French incarnadin , Italian incarnatino ; Latin prefix in- in + caro , carnis , flesh. Confer Carnation , Incarnate .] Flesh-colored; of a carnation or pale red color. [ Obsolete] Lovelace.

Incarnadine transitive verb To dye red or crimson.

Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood
Clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather
The multitudinous seas incarnadine ,
Making the green one red.
Shak.

Incarnate adjective [ Prefix in- not + carnate .] Not in the flesh; spiritual. [ Obsolete]

I fear nothing . . . that devil carnate or incarnate can fairly do.
Richardson.

Incarnate adjective [ Latin incarnatus , past participle of incarnare to incarnate, prefix in- in + caro , carnis , flesh. See Carnal .]


1. Invested with flesh; embodied in a human nature and form; united with, or having, a human body.

Here shalt thou sit incarnate .
Milton.

He represents the emperor and his wife as two devils incarnate , sent into the world for the destruction of mankind.
Jortin.

2. Flesh-colored; rosy; red. [ Obsolete] Holland.

Incarnate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Incarnated ; present participle & verbal noun Incarnating .] To clothe with flesh; to embody in flesh; to invest, as spirits, ideals, etc., with a human from or nature.

This essence to incarnate and imbrute,
That to the height of deity aspired.
Milton.

Incarnate intransitive verb To form flesh; to granulate, as a wound. [ R.]

My uncle Toby's wound was nearly well -- 't was just beginning to incarnate .
Sterne.

Incarnation noun [ French incarnation , Late Latin incarnatio .]


1. The act of clothing with flesh, or the state of being so clothed; the act of taking, or being manifested in, a human body and nature.

2. (Theol.) The union of the second person of the Godhead with manhood in Christ.

3. An incarnate form; a personification; a manifestation; a reduction to apparent from; a striking exemplification in person or act.

She is a new incarnation of some of the illustrious dead.
Jeffrey.

The very incarnation of selfishness.
F. W. Robertson.

4. A rosy or red color; flesh color; carnation. [ Obsolete]

5. (Medicine) The process of healing wounds and filling the part with new flesh; granulation.

Incarnative adjective [ Confer French incarnatif .] Causing new flesh to grow; healing; regenerative. -- noun An incarnative medicine.

Incarnification noun [ See Incarnation , and -fy .] The act of assuming, or state of being clothed with, flesh; incarnation.

Incase transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Incased ; present participle & verbal noun Incasing .] [ French encaisser ; prefix en- (L. in ) + caisse case. See Case a box, and confer Encase , Enchase .] To inclose in a case; to inclose; to cover or surround with something solid.

Rich plates of gold the folding doors incase .
Pope.

Incasement noun [ Confer Casement .]


1. The act or process of inclosing with a case, or the state of being incased.

2. That which forms a case, covering, or inclosure.

Incask transitive verb To cover with a casque or as with a casque. Sherwood.

Incastellated adjective Confined or inclosed in a castle.

Incastelled adjective (Far.) Hoofbound. Crabb.

Incatenation noun [ Late Latin incatenatio ; Latin prefix in- in + catena chain. See Enchain .] The act of linking together; enchaining. [ R.] Goldsmith.

Incaution noun Want of caution. Pope.

Incautious adjective [ Prefix in- not + cautious : confer Latin incautus .] Not cautious; not circumspect; not attending to the circumstances on which safety and interest depend; heedless; careless; as, an incautious step; an incautious remark.

You . . . incautious tread
On fire with faithless embers overspread.
Francis.

His rhetorical expressions may easily captivate any incautious reader.
Keill.

Syn. -- Unwary; indiscreet; inconsiderate; imprudent; impolitic; careless; heedless; thoughtless.

-- In*cau"tious*ly , adverb -- In*cau"tious*ness , noun

Incavated (ĭn"kȧ*vā`tĕd) adjective [ Latin incavatus , past participle of incavare to make hollow: pref in- in + cavare to hollow out, from cavus hollow.] Made hollow; bent round or in.

Incavation (ĭn`kȧ*vā"shŭn) noun Act of making hollow; also, a hollow; an excavation; a depression.

Incaved (ĭn*kāvd) adjective [ Prefix in- in + cave . Confer Encave , Incavated .] Inclosed in a cave.

Incaverned (ĭn*kăv"ẽrnd) adjective Inclosed or shut up as in a cavern. Drayton.

Incedingly (ĭn*sēd"ĭng*lȳ) adverb [ Latin incedere to walk majestically.] Majestically. [ R.] C. Bronté.

Incelebrity noun Want of celebrity or distinction; obscurity. [ R.] Coleridge.

Incend transitive verb [ Latin incendere , incensum , to kindle, burn. See Incense to inflame.] To inflame; to excite. [ Obsolete] Marston.

Incendiarism noun [ From Incendiary .] The act or practice of maliciously setting fires; arson.

Incendiary noun ; plural Incendiaries . [ Latin incendiarius : confer French incendiaire . See Incense to inflame.]


1. Any person who maliciously sets fire to a building or other valuable or other valuable property.

2. A person who excites or inflames factions, and promotes quarrels or sedition; an agitator; an exciter.

Several cities . . . drove them out as incendiaries .
Bentley.

Incendiary adjective [ Latin incendiarius , from incendium a fire, conflagration: confer French incendiaire . See Incense to inflame.]


1. Of or pertaining to incendiarism, or the malicious burning of valuable property; as, incendiary material; as incendiary crime.

2. Tending to excite or inflame factions, sedition, or quarrel; inflammatory; seditious. Paley.

Incendiary shell , a bombshell. See Carcass , 4.

Incendious adjective [ Latin incendiosus burning, hot.] Promoting faction or contention; seditious; inflammatory. [ Obsolete] Bacon. -- In*cen"di*ous*ly , adverb [ Obsolete]

Incensant adjective [ See Incense to anger.] (Her.) A modern term applied to animals (as a boar) when borne as raging, or with furious aspect.

Incensation noun (R. C. Ch.) The offering of incense. [ R.] Encyc. Brit.

Incense transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Incensed ; present participle & verbal noun Incensing .] [ Latin incensus , past participle of incendere ; prefix in- in + root of candere to glow. See Candle .]


1. To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn. [ Obsolete]

Twelve Trojan princes wait on thee, and labor to incense
Thy glorious heap of funeral.
Chapman.

2. To inflame with anger; to endkindle; to fire; to incite; to provoke; to heat; to madden.

The people are incensed him.
Shak.

Syn. -- To enrage; exasperate; provoke; anger; irritate; heat; fire; instigate.

Incense transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Incensed ; present participle & verbal noun Incensing .] [ Late Latin incensare : confer French encenser . See Incense , noun ]


1. To offer incense to. See Incense . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

2. To perfume with, or as with, incense. " Incensed with wanton sweets." Marston.

Incense noun [ Middle English encens , French encens , Latin incensum , from incensus , past participle of incendere to burn. See Incense to inflame.]


1. The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when burned in celebrating religious rites or as an offering to some deity.

A thick cloud of incense went up.
Ezek. viii. 11.

2. The materials used for the purpose of producing a perfume when burned, as fragrant gums, spices, frankincense, etc.

Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon.
Lev. x. 1.

3. Also used figuratively.

Or heap the shrine of luxury and pride,
With incense kindled at the Muse's flame.
Gray.

Incense tree , the name of several balsamic trees of the genus Bursera (or Icica ) mostly tropical American. The gum resin is used for incense. In Jamaica the Chrysobalanus Icaco , a tree related to the plums, is called incense tree . -- Incense wood , the fragrant wood of the tropical American tree Bursera heptaphylla .

Incense-breathing adjective Breathing or exhaling incense. " Incense-breathing morn." Gray.

Incensed adjective
1. Angered; enraged.

2. (Her.) Represented as enraged, as any wild creature depicted with fire issuing from mouth and eyes.

Incensement noun Fury; rage; heat; exasperation; as, implacable incensement . Shak.