from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To mold or carve in relief: emboss a design on a coin.
- transitive v. To decorate with or as if with a raised design: emboss leather.
- transitive v. To adorn; decorate.
- transitive v. To cover with many protuberances; stud: "The whole buoy was embossed with barnacles” ( Herman Melville).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To mark or decorate with a raised design or symbol.
- v. Of a hunted animal: to take shelter in a wood or forest.
- v. To drive (an animal) to extremity; to exhaust, to make foam at the mouth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To raise the surface of into bosses or protuberances; particularly, to ornament with raised work.
- transitive v. To raise in relief from a surface, as an ornament, a head on a coin, or the like.
- transitive v. To make to foam at the mouth, like a hunted animal.
- transitive v. To hide or conceal in a thicket; to imbosk; to inclose, shelter, or shroud in a wood.
- transitive v. To surround; to ensheath; to immerse; to beset.
- intransitive v. To seek the bushy forest; to hide in the woods.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To form bosses on; fashion relief or raised work upon; ornament with bosses or raised work; cover or stud with protuberances, as a shield.
- To represent in relief or raised work; specifically, in embroidery, to raise in relief by inserting padding under the stitches. See embossing.
- n. A boss; a protuberance.
- To conceal in or as in a wood or thicket.
- To inclose as in a box; incase; sheathe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. raise in a relief
Middle English embosen, from Old French embocer : en-, in; see en-1 + boce, knob.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From em- + boss. (Wiktionary)
Perhaps from em- + Old French bos, bois ("wood"). Compare imbosk. (Wiktionary)