emboss

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English embossen, embosen, embocen, from Old French embocer, equivalent to em- +‎ boss (a lump; bump; protuberance).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒs

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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Dryden
      Then o'er the lofty gate his art embossed / Androgeo's death.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Sir Walter Scott
      Exhibiting flowers in their natural colour embossed upon a purple ground.
Translations[edit]

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.
  3. (obsolete) To hide or conceal in a thicket; to imbosk; to enclose, shelter, or shroud in a wood.
  4. (obsolete) To surround; to ensheath; to immerse; to beset.

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