emboss

[ em-baws, -bos ]
/ ɛmˈbɔs, -ˈbɒs /
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verb (used with object)

to raise or represent (surface designs) in relief.
to decorate (a surface) with raised ornament.
Metalworking. to raise a design on (a blank) with dies of similar pattern, one the negative of the other.Compare coin (def. 10).
to cause to bulge out; make protuberant.

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Origin of emboss

1350–1400; Middle English embosen<Middle French embocer, equivalent to em-em-1 + boceboss2

OTHER WORDS FROM emboss

em·boss·a·ble, adjectiveem·boss·er, nounem·boss·ment, nounun·em·bossed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for emboss

emboss
/ (ɪmˈbɒs) /

verb

to mould or carve (a decoration or design) on (a surface) so that it is raised above the surface in low relief
to cause to bulge; make protrude

Derived forms of emboss

embosser, nounembossment, noun

Word Origin for emboss

C14: from Old French embocer, from em- + boce boss ²
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