What does incense mean?

Definitions for incense
ˈɪn sɛnsin·cense

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incense(noun)

    a substance that produces a fragrant odor when burned

  2. incense(verb)

    the pleasing scent produced when incense is burned

    "incense filled the room"

  3. cense, incense, thurify(verb)

    perfume especially with a censer

  4. infuriate, exasperate, incense(verb)

    make furious


  1. incense(Noun)

    A perfume often used in the rites of various religions.

  2. incense(Verb)

    To anger or infuriate.

    I think it would incense him to learn the truth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incense(verb)

    to set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn

  2. Incense(verb)

    to inflame with anger; to endkindle; to fire; to incite; to provoke; to heat; to madden

  3. Incense(noun)

    to offer incense to. See Incense

  4. Incense(noun)

    to perfume with, or as with, incense

  5. Incense(noun)

    the perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when burned in celebrating religious rites or as an offering to some deity

  6. Incense(noun)

    the materials used for the purpose of producing a perfume when burned, as fragrant gums, spices, frankincense, etc

  7. Incense(noun)

    also used figuratively

  8. Origin: [OE. encens, F. encens, L. incensum, fr. incensus, p. p. of incendere to burn. See Incense to inflame.]


  1. Incense

    Incense is composed of aromatic biotic materials, which release fragrant smoke when burned. The term incense refers to the substance itself, rather than to the odour that it produces. It is used in religious ceremonies, ritual purification, aromatherapy, meditation, and for creating a spiritual atmosphere. Incense is composed of aromatic plant materials, often combined with essential oils. The forms taken by incense differ with the underlying culture, and have changed with advances in technology and increasing diversity in the reasons for burning it. Incense can generally be separated into two main types: "indirect-burning" and "direct-burning". Indirect-burning incense is not capable of burning on its own, and requires a separate heat source. Direct-burning incense is lit directly by a flame and then fanned or blown out, leaving a glowing ember that smoulders and releases fragrance. Direct-burning incense is either a paste formed around a bamboo stick, or a paste that is extruded into a stick or cone shape.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incense

    in-sens′, v.t. to inflame with anger: to incite, urge: to perfume with incense.—n. In′cense, odour of spices burned in religious rites: the materials so burned: pleasing perfume: (fig.) homage, adulation.—adj. In′cense-breath′ing, exhaling incense or fragrance.—ns. Incense′ment (Shak.), state of being inflamed with anger; Incens′or (obs.), a censer.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Incense

    a fragrance which arises from the burning of certain gums and burnt in connection with sundry religious observances, particularly in the Roman Catholic Church, as an expression of praise presumably well pleasing to God; a practice which Protestants repudiate as without warrant in Scripture.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incense in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of incense in a Sentence

  1. Hung Tzu-ch'eng:

    When the mind is possessed of reality, it feels tranquil and joyous even without music or song, and it produces a pure fragrance even without incense or tea.

  2. Lisa Niziolek:

    Lisa Niziolek explained. In addition to ceramics, the ship was also carrying elephant tusks, possibly for use in medicine or art. Sweet-smelling resin, which could have been used for incense or for caulking ships, was also found. Previous carbon dating of the tusks and resin had dated the wreck to between 700 and 750 years ago. However, improved carbon dating techniques tell a different story. PIRATE MYSTERY : DOES THIS 300-YEAR-OLD BONE BELONG TO' BLACK SAM' BELLAMY ? When we got the results back and learned that the resin and tusk samples were older than previously thought, we were excited, we had suspected that based on inscriptions on the ceramics and conversations with colleagues in China and Japan, and it was great to have all these different types of data coming together to support it.

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