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5 definitions found
 for incantation
From 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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From 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
  
  

From 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.?
  

From 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."
  

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