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emboss

[em-baws, -bos]
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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.
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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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Examples from the Web for embossing

Historical Examples

  • Vail, as we have seen, also invented the plan of embossing the message.

    Heroes of the Telegraph

    J. Munro

  • Again, both values are known with the embossing doubly impressed.

    Gambia

    Frederick John Melville

  • The two classes with which I was brought into contact were the book-keeping and embossing.

    Mystic London:

    Charles Maurice Davies

  • Their knowledge of embossing gold and silver was considerable.

    A Manual of the Historical Development of Art

    G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi

  • Uninked blocks were used for embossing portions of the designs.

    Chats on Japanese Prints

    Arthur Davison Ficke


British Dictionary definitions for embossing

emboss

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
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Derived Formsembosser, nounembossment, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French embocer, from em- + boce boss ²
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Word Origin and History for embossing

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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