Definition of incubator in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪŋkjʊbeɪtə/


1An enclosed apparatus in which premature or unusually small babies are placed and which provides a controlled and protective environment for their care.
Example sentences
  • The men raised £655.28 for BLISS - a charity which provides incubators to hospitals with premature babies.
  • The baby will be placed in a special incubator in an intensive care unit and monitored around the clock.
  • In the go-go days, dot.coms went public and were coddled by investors like premature babies in incubators.
1.1An apparatus used to hatch eggs or grow microorganisms under controlled conditions.
Example sentences
  • He had to balance conditions inside the incubator to make sure the fungus would not grow and the eggs would not dry up.
  • While sealing containers with parafilm can adversely affect plant growth, maximum elongation of the well-watered controls on filter boards was similar whether they were sealed with parafilm or grown in a ventilated incubator.
  • The new embryos are grown in an incubator for several days and then implanted into recipient females.
2North American A place, especially with support staff and equipment, made available at low rent to new small businesses: [as modifier]: an incubator project
More example sentences
  • The money will be used to build on Bradford University's existing commitment to helping generate new firms through ‘themed’ business incubators which support and nurture start-up companies.
  • Vorkink said the project would involve the establishment of business incubators and mediating services for finding jobs.
  • It will be located in a disadvantaged area of Johannesburg and feature a business incubator where black business support services will be promoted.
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