What does incantation mean?

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ˌɪn kænˈteɪ ʃənin·can·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incantation, conjuration(noun)

    a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect

GCIDE

  1. Incantation(n.)

    The repetitive invoking of old sayings, or emitting a wordy discourse with little or no meaning, to avoid serious discussion; obfuscation; as, to defend one's views with empty incantations.

  2. Origin: [L. incantatio, fr. incantare to chant a magic formula over one: cf. F. incantation. See Enchant.]

Wiktionary

  1. incantation(Noun)

    The act or process of using formulas and/or usually rhyming words, sung or spoken, with occult ceremonies, for the purpose of raising spirits, producing enchantment, or creating other magical results.

  2. incantation(Noun)

    A formula of words used as above.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incantation(noun)

    the act or process of using formulas sung or spoken, with occult ceremonies, for the purpose of raising spirits, producing enchantment, or affecting other magical results; enchantment

  2. Incantation(noun)

    a formula of words used as above

  3. Origin: [L. incantatio, fr. incantare to chant a magic formula over one: cf. F. incantation. See Enchant.]

Freebase

  1. Incantation

    An incantation or enchantment is a charm or spell created using words. An incantation may take place during a ritual, either a hymn or prayer, and may invoke or praise a deity. In magic, occultism, and witchcraft it is used with the intention of casting a spell on an object or a person and may employ the use of pharmakeia. The term derives from Latin "incantare", meaning "to chant upon," from in- "into, upon" and cantare "to sing". In medieval literature, folklore, fairy tales and modern fantasy fiction, enchantments are charms or spells. The term was loaned into English since around AD 1300. The corresponding native English term being "galdor" "song, spell". It has led to the terms "enchanter" and "enchantress", for those who use enchantments. The weakened sense "delight" is modern, first attested in 1593.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incantation

    in-kan-tā′shun, n. a formula of words said or sung in connection with certain ceremonies for purposes of enchantment.—n. In′cantātor.—adj. Incan′tatory. [L. incantation-emincantāre, to sing a magical formula over.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. incantation

    Any particularly arbitrary or obscure command that one must mutter at a system to attain a desired result. Not used of passwords or other explicit security features. Especially used of tricks that are so poorly documented that they must be learned from a wizard. “This compiler normally locates initialized data in the data segment, but if you mutter the right incantation they will be forced into text space.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incantation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incantation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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