[ 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
OTHER WORDS FROM embossem·boss·a·ble, adjectiveem·boss·er, nounem·boss·ment, nounun·em·bossed, adjective
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How to use emboss in a sentence
The mold will then receive the embossment in reverse and all the tiles made from this mold will be alike.The Potter's Craft|Charles F. Binns
But on every one of them, in the centre or some other part of the embossment, appeared this image of the sun.The Virgin of the Sun|H. R. Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for emboss
/ (ɪmˈbɒs) /
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 embossembosser, nounembossment, noun
Word Origin for emboss
C14: from Old French embocer, from em- + boce boss ²
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