Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “incubator”


noun [C]     /ˈɪŋ.kjʊ.beɪ.tər/ US  /-t̬ɚ/
a container that has controlled air and temperature conditions in which a weak or premature baby (= one which was born too early) can be kept aliveMedical and surgical equipment a device for keeping birds' eggs at the correct temperature to allow young birds to develop until they break out of the shellOrnithology and bird-watchingAnimal reproduction
(Definition of incubator noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of incubator

Definitions of “incubator” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


showing a wish to help or bring advantages to others, even if it results in disadvantage for yourself

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More