how to pronounce incubation


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The above transcription of incubation is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association. You can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

incubation is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of incubation in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… which has a long incubation period where …”

meanings of 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. One of the four proposed stages of creativity (preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification): the unconscious recombination of thought elements that were stimulated through conscious work at one point in time, resulting in novel ideas at a later point.
  3. The development of a disease from its causes, or the period of such development.
  4. A period of little reaction which is followed by more rapid reaction.
  5. Sleeping in a temple or other holy place in order to have oracular dreams or to receive healing.

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