• WordNet 3.6
    • v emboss raise in a relief "embossed stationery"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 1870s, William Russell Frisbie opened a bakery called the Frisbie Pie Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His lightweight pie tins were embossed with the family name. In the mid-1940s, students at Yale University tossed the empty pie tins as a game.
    • Emboss To hide or conceal in a thicket; to imbosk; to inclose, shelter, or shroud in a wood. "In the Arabian woods embossed ."
    • v. t Emboss To make to foam at the mouth, like a hunted animal.
    • Emboss To raise in relief from a surface, as an ornament, a head on a coin, or the like. "Then o'er the lofty gate his art embossed Androgeo's death.""Exhibiting flowers in their natural color embossed upon a purple ground."
    • Emboss To raise the surface of into bosses or protuberances; particularly, to ornament with raised work. "Botches and blains must all his flesh emboss ."
    • v. i Emboss To seek the bushy forest; to hide in the woods.
    • Emboss To surround; to ensheath; to immerse; to beset. "A knight her met in mighty arms embossed ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • emboss To form bosses on; fashion relief or raised work upon; ornament with bosses or raised work; cover or stud with protuberances, as a shield.
    • emboss To represent in relief or raised work; specifically, in embroidery, to raise in relief by inserting padding under the stitches. See embossing.
    • n emboss A boss; a protuberance.
    • emboss To conceal in or as in a wood or thicket.
    • emboss To inclose as in a box; incase; sheathe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Emboss em-bos′ to produce (a raised pattern) by pressure upon sheet-metal, leather, cloth, &c.: to ornament with raised-work:
    • v.i Emboss em-bos′ (Milton) to plunge into the depths of a wood
    • v.t Emboss to make to foam at the mouth
    • v.t Emboss em-bos′ (Spens.) to cover with armour: to be wrapped in
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Pr. & Sp. emboscar, It. imboscare, F. embusquer, and E. imbosk,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Em, in, into, and boss.


In literature:

The belt by which the tunic was held was embossed with figures of beautiful workmanship.
"Alexander the Great" by Jacob Abbott
This stands out in an embossed form, which may be felt by the blind man, as well as be seen by those who have eyesight.
"Talkers" by John Bate
Leather leggings for outdoor wear were carved or embossed.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
She made an embossed clay picture of him that Joe used to gaze at by the hour.
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
She could read every kind of embossed printing, and when she heard of any new system, always inquired into it.
"Elizabeth Gilbert and Her Work for the Blind" by Frances Martin
Embossed, applied to deer, 179.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
One room had a silver chandelier, and a great quantity of embossed plate was displayed on the top of the polished cupboards.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon
Carrington sent down the next winter from New York a large silver crucifix, superbly embossed and ornamented.
"The Galaxy, April, 1877" by Various
Machines and apparatus for type-setting, printing, stamping and embossing, and for making books and paper making.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
He carried a beautiful embossed sword.
"My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915" by Monica M. Stanley

In poetry:

When my mind weaves dreams
With threads of memories,
Then on that magic cloth will I emboss:
God! God! God!
"God! God! God!" by Paramahansa Yogananda
"Ye silent Mills,
Reject the bitter kindness of the moss.
O Farms! protest if any tree emboss
The barren hills.
"Tyranny." by Sidney Lanier
The sky is smiling over me,
Hath smiled away the frost;
White daisies star the sky-like lea,
With buds the wood's embossed.
"Songs of the Spring Days" by George MacDonald
Like fauns embossed in our domain,
We look abroad, and our calm eyes
Mark how the goatish gods of pain
Revel; and if by grim surprise
They break into our paradise,
Patient we build its beauty up again.
"Private Property" by Aldous Huxley
What, though of gold the goblet be,
Embossed with branches of the vine,
Beneath whose burnished leaves we see
Such clusters as poured out the wine?
Among those leaves an adder hangs!
I fear him;—for I've felt his fangs.
"Hymns and Odes for Temperance Occasions III" by John Pierpont
Perchance this mortal is not made as you are?
Take your harp of shell, all gold-embossed and gem inlaid,
And strike the strings, and break the spell.
Strike the sweet strings. Sing him awake.....
Strike the loud strings until they break!
"In Neptune's City" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts

In news:

An embossed leather with the texture and look of shagreen, or dogfish skin, can be hung with wallpaper paste like any wallcovering.
An embossed portion formed to surround a region where the plurality of slits are formed.
Erhardt + Leimer showcases its new product, TubeLight, a 100 percent inspection system in the NYSCAN product line that makes it possible to inspect printed webs with foil decoration, embossing, metalized substrates, and holographic images.
She then inks the stencils, arranges them, and runs them through the press, which stamps and embosses the images onto the paper.
THE FAB LANE Ideal for the luxe jetsetter, this espresso brown croc embossed patent suitcase.
Versatile and stylish, leather is getting printed, embossed, stamped, and boldly colored across product categories this season.
Embossed with an NCAA logo, it hung from a fence on the third base line at Foley Field, plum for the picking.
For football fans in this area, the Gothic "L" embossed on the side of the helmet stands for "Liberty.
The pans are styled with embossed rims and are available in multiple shapes and capacities.
It's easy to tell real Parmigiano-Reggiano when you can see a piece of the rind, because it is embossed with its name over and over.
KFAI 30th Anniversary Writing Pen Embossed with KFAI logo.
But buyers, by nature, are drawn to certifications, qualifications and embossed stamps that declare someone or something as having been validated by an expert.
I learned to write my own name so I could have my own thin paperboard card embedded with a metal plate embossed with my own patron number.
The fin made a cross-country trek from Everett, Wash. To South Carolina in honor of the company's first 787 Dreamliner, a Palmetto-embossed plane.
The use of foil stamping, embossing and holography represents quality, added value, shelf presence, individuality and security.