emboss

[em-baws, -bos]

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.

Nearby words

  1. embolus ,
  2. emboly,
  3. embonpoint,
  4. embosk,
  5. embosom,
  6. embossed,
  7. embossing,
  8. embothrium,
  9. embouchure,
  10. embourgeoisement

Origin of emboss

1350–1400; Middle English embosen < Middle French embocer, equivalent to em- em-1 + boce boss2

Related formsem·boss·a·ble, adjectiveem·boss·er, nounem·boss·ment, nounun·em·bossed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for embossed

embossed

adjective

having a moulded or carved decoration or design on the surface so that it is raised above the surface in low relief

emboss

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 Formsembosser, nounembossment, noun

Word Origin for emboss

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

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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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