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See emboss.



imbosture (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) embossed or raised work; ornamentation
    • c. 1604–1626, doubtfully attributed to Francis Beaumont, John Fletcher, “The Faithful Friends”, in Henry [William] Weber, editor, The Works of Beaumont and Fletcher, in Fourteen Volumes: [], volume I, Edinburgh: [] F[rancis] C[harles] and J[ohn] Rivington;  [], published 1812, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
      set out to the full height ; there nor wants Imbosture nor embroidery
    • 1630, Francis de Sales Bishope and Prince of Geneua, translated by Miles Car priest of the English Colledge of Doway, A treatise of the loue of God[1], Doway: Gerard Pinchon, at the signe of Coleyn, page 30:
      Musicall concord stands in a kind of discord, in which vnlike voices doe correspond, making vp altogether one sole Close of proportion, as the dissimilitude of precious stones, and flowres, doe make the gratefull compositiō of Imbosture and Diaprie, so Loue is not caused alwayes by Resemblance, and Sympathie, but by Correspondance, and Proportion, which consisteth in this, that by the vnion of one thing to another, they may mutually receiue one anothers perfection, and so be bettered.
    • 1635, Gervase Markham, The English Husbandman, page 24:
      Here you behold the modell of a plaine Country mans house, without plaster or imbosture, because it is to be intended, that it is as well to be built of studde and plaster, as of lime and stone; or if timber bee not plentifull, it may be built of courser wood, and covered with lime and haire;

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for imbosture”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)