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emboss

[em-baws, -bos] /ɛmˈbɔs, -ˈbɒs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to raise or represent (surface designs) in relief.
2.
to decorate (a surface) with raised ornament.
3.
Metalworking. to raise a design on (a blank) with dies of similar pattern, one the negative of the other.
Compare coin (def 10).
4.
to cause to bulge out; make protuberant.
Origin of emboss
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English embosen < Middle French embocer, equivalent to em- em-1 + boce boss2
Related forms
embossable, adjective
embosser, noun
embossment, noun
unembossed, adjective
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  • The walls are hung with blue Florentine silk, embossed in silver.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Breaking it open she drew out an embossed and gilded card—a ticket.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • Then it would take a turn at embossed tin lids for candy boxes.

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  • His brother remained engrossed with the embossed head of Medusa.

  • The room in which he was standing was furnished in embossed leather.

    At the Time Appointed A. Maynard Barbour
  • The legs and the nose shall be embossed with porcupine quills.

    Indian Child Life Charles A. Eastman
  • Stamped and embossed work of metal; also sheets of metal applied or inlaid.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
British Dictionary definitions for embossed

embossed

/ɪmˈbɒst/
adjective
1.
having a moulded or carved decoration or design on the surface so that it is raised above the surface in low relief

emboss

/ɪmˈbɒs/
verb
1.
to mould or carve (a decoration or design) on (a surface) so that it is raised above the surface in low relief
2.
to cause to bulge; make protrude
Derived Forms
embosser, noun
embossment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French embocer, from em- + boceboss²
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Word Origin and History for embossed

emboss

v.

late 14c., from Old French *embocer (cf. embocieure "boss, stud, buckle"), from em- (see en- (1)) + boce "knoblike mass" (see boss (n.2)). Related: Embossed; embossing.

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