Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Holographic titles emboss their shiny covers of orchid or teal, sometimes cobalt.

    Assumption

  • He would print it from his computer and then use a US silver dollar to 'emboss' a seal on it for the notary.

    Is a clear car title required?

  • - The options "emboss" and "embossmore" transform your images to a relief with two nuances.

    KDE-Look.org Content

  • * You can make your images look like early photographs with the option "Sepia effect" and like a relief with "emboss" and "embossmore".

    KDE-Look.org Content

  • In 1958, Dashew Business Machines received an initial order from 300,000 BankAmericard plastic credit cards and 3,000 imprinters and 1 electronic Databosser to emboss the credit card information on the plastic credit card and from the IBM punch cards.

    Stanley A. Dashew: How to Succeed in Small Business Even During Hard Times

  • Perhaps add a slightly-less-violent yellow to the black, as an emboss or shadow?

    Book Cover Design 101: Unleashing the Monster at SF Novelists

  • Em - is a common prefix, found in words such as embark, embed, embody, emboss, embrace, and embroil.

    Read ‘em and write ‘em

  • Currently, she has written the following, with neat little bullet points that emboss the page:

    Intersomnolence

  • If you prefer your waffles slim, crisp and old-fashioned and don't require a fancy model that will do flips or emboss the face of a cartoon character onto your breakfast, look no further.

    Waffle Makers

  • Your local shoe-repair store can emboss it with his initials.

    Gifts for the Well-Dressed Dad

Comments

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  • You're not the boss of me. :-p

    Actually, it's funny--I was looking at this word because of my current obsession with marbles (which already caused me to add marble to my cattle list), but I was also fascinated by those weird old definitions about seeking shelter in the woods and hunted animals foaming at the mouth. Then, last night, I went to a lecture by Temple Grandin about improving animal welfare (especially, ironically, during the steps leading up to slaughter). She says fear is bad--I think it's mostly that it's bad for the meat and dangerous for the workers.

    Anyway... thank you, bilby.

    January 16, 2013

  • and which part of the moo is it? the 'jefe' or the 'chef'"(ee)"? knobhillish? just incase sheathesomely

    January 16, 2013

  • Psst ruzuzu, boss is a moo word.

    January 15, 2013

  • "To form bosses on; fashion relief or raised work upon; ornament with bosses or raised work; cover or stud with protuberances, as a shield."

    --CD&C

    January 15, 2013