1 develop under favorable conditions, such as germs and bacteria
- To brood, raise, or maintain eggs, organisms, or
living tissue through the provision of ideal environmental
- 1975: Catherine Marshall, Adventures in Prayer, New York, Ballantine Books, December 1976, page 46 - Part of our problem in praying for our children, he suggested, is the time lage, the necessary slow maturation of our prayers. But that's the way of God's rhythm in nature. For instance, the hen must patiently sit on her eggs to incubate them before the baby chicks hatch.
- 1985: Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, New York, Vintage International, May 1992, page 3 - The mother dead these fourteen years did incubate in her own bosom the creature who would carry her off.
- 2004: A. J. Jacobs, The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World New York, Simon & Schuster, 2004, page 50 - The female cichlid fish are called "mouth breeders," which means they incubate eggs in their mouth.
- To incubate metaphorically; to ponder an idea slowly and
deliberately as if in preparation for hatching it.
- 1992: Sheila Davis, The Songwriters Idea Book: 40 Strategies to Excite Your Imagination, Help You Design Distinctive Songs, and Keep Your Creative Flow, Cincinnati, Writer's Digest Books, 1992, page 96. - When you've got your theme–let the concept incubate. Walk around with it, sleep on it.
To brood, raise, or maintain eggs, organisms, or living tissue
- Finnish: hautoa
The word incubation (from the Latin incubare, "to lie upon") may refer to:
- Avian incubation, sitting on or brooding bird's eggs in order to hatch them
- Incubation period, a medical term for the time between being exposed to infection and showing first symptoms
- Business incubator, for startup businesses
- Incubation (psychology), the process of thinking about a problem subconsciously while being involved in other activities
- Incubation (ritual), the religious practice of sleeping in a sacred area with the intention of experiencing a divinely-inspired dream or cure
- Incubator (microbiology), a process for maintaining a bacterial culture at a particular temperature for a set length of time, in order to measure bacterial growth
- Incubation: Time Is Running Out, a 1997 computer game
- "Incubator", a 2001 episode of the American TV series Farscape
- Incubation for newborn infants, such as in a Neonatal intensive care unit
- "Incubation", a song released on the B-side of the Komakino flexi-single in 1980, and on the Substance (Joy Division album) in 1988
- Software incubation: software and community verification phase as done in the Apache Software Foundation and OSGeo Foundation
incubate in German: Inkubation
incubate in French: Incubation
incubate in Hebrew: אינקובטור
incubate in Dutch: Incubator
incubate in Japanese: インキュベーター
incubate in Serbian: Инкубација
incubate in Serbo-Croatian: Inkubacija