incise (v.) Look up incise at Dictionary.com
"to make a cut," 1540s, from French inciser (15c.), from Old French enciser "cut, cut out, slice" (12c.), from Latin incisus, past participle of incidere "to cut into, cut open, engrave" (see incision). In geology, of rivers, from 1893. Related: Incised; incising.