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Pronunciation:  `inkan'teyshun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect

INCANTATION is a 11 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: conjuration
 See Also: charm, invocation, magic spell, spell



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In`can*ta"tion\, n. [L. incantatio, fr. incantare
to chant a magic formula over one: cf. F. incantation. See
1. 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. ``Mysterious ceremony and incantation.''

2. A formula of words used as above.

Computing Dictionary

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 initialised data in the data segment, but if you mutter the right incantation they will be forced into text space."

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abracadabra, bewitchment, conjuration, conjurement, devil, enchantment, evocation, exorcisation, exorcism, exsufflation, hocus-pocus, invocation, magic formula, magic words, mumbo jumbo, necromancy, open sesame, rune, sorcery, witchcraft, witchery, wizardry