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NOUN (1)

1. a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect;
[syn: incantation, conjuration]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Incantation \In`can*ta"tion\, n. [L. incantatio, fr. incantare to chant a magic formula over one: cf. F. incantation. See Enchant.] [1913 Webster] 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." --Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. A formula of words used as above. [1913 Webster] 3. The repetitive invoking of old sayings, or emitting a wordy discourse with little or no meaning, to avoid serious discussion; obfuscation; as, to defend one's views with empty incantations. [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

incantation n 1: a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect [syn: incantation, conjuration]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

22 Moby Thesaurus words for "incantation": 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
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

incantation n. 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 initialized data in the data segment, but if you mutter the right incantation they will be forced into text space.?
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

incantation spell 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."