incise

To incise is to carve or cut into something. You might incise your initials into the old oak tree in your backyard.

When you incise something, you carve it, often as a way of decorating it. Your grandfather might incise his beloved walking stick with the shapes of birds and trees, for example. It's more common to see this word in its adjective form, incised, but you can use it to mean "cut into a surface," or even "make a surgical cut." The Latin root is incidere, "to cut into or cut through."

Definitions of incise
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v make an incision into by carving or cutting

Types:
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notch
cut or make a notch into
scrape, scratch, scratch up
cut the surface of; wear away the surface of
groove
make a groove in, or provide with a groove
slit
cut a slit into
worry
lacerate by biting
deaden, girdle
cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients
mark, nock, score
make small marks into the surface of
indent
notch the edge of or make jagged
claw
scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails
scuff
mar by scuffing
dado
cut a dado into or fit into a dado
mill
produce a ridge around the edge of
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

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