Definitions for: Incense

[n] the pleasing scent produced when incense is burned; "incense filled the room"
[n] a substance that produces a fragrant odor when burned
[v] make furious
[v] perfume esp. with a censer

Webster (1913) Definition: In*cense", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Incensed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Incensing.] [L. incensus, p. p. of incendere; pref.
in- in + root of candere to glow. See Candle.]
1. To set on fire; to inflame; to kindle; to burn. [Obs.]

Twelve Trojan princes wait on thee, and labor to
incense Thy glorious heap of funeral. --Chapman.

2. To inflame with anger; to endkindle; to fire; to incite;
to provoke; to heat; to madden.

The people are incensed him. --Shak.

Syn: To enrage; exasperate; provoke; anger; irritate; heat;
fire; instigate.

In"cense, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Incensed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Incensing.] [LL. incensare: cf. F. encenser. See
Incense, n.]
1. To offer incense to. See Incense. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

2. To perfume with, or as with, incense. ``Incensed with
wanton sweets.'' --Marston.

In"cense, n. [OE. encens, F. encens, L. incensum, fr.
incensus, p. p. of incendere to burn. See Incense to
1. The perfume or odors exhaled from spices and gums when
burned in celebrating religious rites or as an offering to
some deity.

A thick of incense went up. --Ezek. viii.

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

Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of
them his censer, and put fire therein, and put
incense thereon. --Lev. x. 1.

3. Also used figuratively.

Or heap the shrine of luxury and pride,

With incense kindled at the Muse's flame. --Gray.

Incense tree, the name of several balsamic trees of the
genus Bursera (or Icica) mostly tropical American. The
gum resin is used for incense. In Jamaica the
Chrysobalanus Icaco, a tree related to the plums, is
called incense tree.

Incense wood, the fragrant wood of the tropical American
tree Bursera heptaphylla.

Synonyms: cense, exasperate, infuriate, outrage, thurify

See Also: anger, aroma, chemical compound, compound, fragrance, joss stick, odorize, odourise, perfume, scent, scent, stacte

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