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Incise

To cut a shallow mark into a material.

incise

1. To decorate by cutting or indenting a surface, as ceramic ware.
2. To perforate the surface of timbers, poles, posts, etc., to increase penetration of wood preservatives.
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As the grand staircase incises into the building, it creates a narrow prow overlooking the river; this is occupied by the museum's cafe.
Working sometimes from a model, sometimes from her imagination, Khedoori then incises the image into the surface.
Boulez' Sur Incises / Messagesquisse / Anthemes 2 with his Ensemble InterContemporain is nominated for Best Classical Contemporary Composition as well as for Best Chamber Music Performance.