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.
Origin of emboss
1350–1400; Middle English embosenRelated formsem·boss·a·ble, adjectiveem·boss·er, nounem·boss·ment, nounun·em·bossed, adjective
< Middle French embocer,
equivalent to em- em-1
+ boce boss2
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Examples from the Web for embossing
Historical Examples of embossing
Vail, as we have seen, also invented the plan of embossing the message.
Again, both values are known with the embossing doubly impressed.
The two classes with which I was brought into contact were the book-keeping and embossing.
Their knowledge of embossing gold and silver was considerable.
Uninked blocks were used for embossing portions of the designs.
British Dictionary definitions for embossing
Derived Formsembosser, nounembossment, noun
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
Word Origin for emboss
C14: from Old French embocer, from em- + boce boss ²
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Word Origin and History for embossing
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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