- 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.
Origin of emboss
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Examples from the Web for embossed
It features on its front and back covers an intricate “original” design, embossed in gold.Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books
November 27, 2014
One car accident was embossed on our minds as definitive and pivotal.The Price of Being a Patton: Wrestling With the Legacy of America’s Most Famous General
May 26, 2014
The cover is embossed with a gold symbol that might escape notice.The Symbol Mitt Romney Demanded on His Official Gubernatorial Portrait
October 22, 2012
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
Then it would take a turn at embossed tin lids for candy boxes.The Good Soldier
Ford Madox Ford
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
- having a moulded or carved decoration or design on the surface so that it is raised above the surface in low relief
- 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
C14: from Old French embocer, from em- + boce boss ²
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Word Origin and History for embossed
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