• IPA: /inkænˈteɪʃən/

incantation (plural incantations)

  1. The act or process of using formulas and/or usually rhyming words, sung or spoken, with occult ceremonies, for the purpose of raising spirits, producing enchantment, or creating other magical results.
  2. A formula of words used as above.
  3. (computing, slang) Any esoteric command or procedure.
    • 1998, John Purcell, ‎Robert Kiesling, Linux: The Complete Reference: Book 1 (page 412)
      The appropriate incantation of route is shown below; the gw keyword tells it that the next argument denotes a gateway.
    • 2017, James Pogran, Learning PowerShell DSC (page 11)
      Servers move from being special snowflakes to being disposable numbers on a list that can be created and destroyed without requiring someone to remember the specific incantation to make it work.
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  • incanter
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