emboss

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English embosen, from Old French embocer.

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Verb[edit]

emboss (third-person singular simple present embosses, present participle embossing, simple past and past participle embossed)

  1. (transitive) To mark or decorate with a raised design or symbol.
    The papers weren't official until the seal had been embossed on them.
  2. (transitive) To raise in relief from a surface, as an ornament, a head on a coin, etc.
    • Dryden
      Then o'er the lofty gate his art embossed / Androgeo's death.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      Exhibiting flowers in their natural colour embossed upon a purple ground.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Perhaps from em- +‎ Old French bos, bois (wood). Compare imbosk.

Verb[edit]

emboss (third-person singular simple present embosses, present participle embossing, simple past and past participle embossed)

  1. (obsolete) of a hunted animal: to take shelter in a wood or forest
  2. (obsolete) to drive (an animal) to extremity; to exhaust, to make foam at the mouth
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.11:
      And as it commonly happens, that when the Stag begins to be embost, and finds his strength to faile-him, having no other remedie left him, doth yeeld and bequeath himselfe unto us that pursue him, with teares suing to us for mercie [...].
  3. (obsolete) To hide or conceal in a thicket; to imbosk; to enclose, shelter, or shroud in a wood.
    • Milton
      in the Arabian woods embossed
  4. (obsolete) to surround; to ensheath; to immerse; to beset
    • Spenser
      A knight her met in mighty arms embossed.

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