Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To moisten and rub (a part of the body) with a liniment or lotion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To moisten and rub (a diseased part) with a liquid substance, as with spirit, oil, etc., by means of a cloth or sponge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To moisten and rub (a diseased part) with a liquid substance, as with spirit, oil, etc., by means of a cloth or sponge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To moisten and rub, as a bruised or injured part of the body, with a liquid substance, as with liniment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing

Etymologies

Medieval Latin embrocāre, embrocāt-, from Late Latin embrocha, lotion, from Greek embrokhē, from embrekhein, to foment : en-, in; see en-2 + brekhein, to wet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin embrocatus, past participle of embrocare; compare Ancient Greek lotion, fomentation. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr. Forbes, whom Selby had called in, by this time arrived; and, having declared that it would be injurious to her to take a journey in her present situation, ordered her to bed, and said he would send her something to embrocate the part affected. —

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