Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A blood clot or swelling, particularly one that blocks an artery.
  • n. A battering-ram on a warship.
  • n. A military formation, usually shaped like a wedge.
  • n. Anything wedge-shaped.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The beak of an ancient war-ship.
  • n. Same as embolus.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ἔμβολον (embolon, "wedge, plug") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (The Medicean and Florentine MSS. read {es to elos}, not {es to telos}, as hitherto reported.) 596 {eon embolon tes khores}.

    The History of Herodotus

  • Next, as we are classical scholars, instead of this rustic stern of the boat, meant only to run easily on a flat shore, we will give it an Attic [Greek: embolon] (_c_).

    Love's Meinie Three Lectures on Greek and English Birds

  • (We have no business, indeed, yet, to put an [Greek: embolon] on a boat of burden, but I hope some day to see all our ships of war loaded with bread and wine, instead of artillery.)

    Love's Meinie Three Lectures on Greek and English Birds

  • But lower down (line 8 from the bottom) Rostra is the proper translation of Plutarch's word ([Greek: epilabesthai tôn embolon] ἐπιλαβέσθαι τῶν ἐμβόλον) and it was the place from which Cato spoke, after he had got up.

    Plutarch's Lives Volume III.

  • Florentine MSS. read {es to elos}, not {es to telos}, as hitherto reported.) [54] {eon embolon tes khores}.

    The history of Herodotus — Volume 1

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