from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of embossing or the condition of being embossed.
  • noun Embossed ornamentation.
  • noun The distance between the nondeformed part of a document surface and a specified point on a printed character in optical character recognition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of embossing or forming protuberances or knobs upon a surface; the state of being embossed or studded.
  • noun A prominence like a boss; a knob or jutting point.
  • noun Relief; raised work.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of forming bosses or raised figures, or the state of being so formed.
  • noun A bosslike prominence; figure in relief; raised work; jut; protuberance; esp., a combination of raised surfaces having a decorative effect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The result of embossing; something that has been embossed.
  • noun The process or act of embossing.

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

  • noun sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
  • noun an impression produced by pressure or printing


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  • Martin Michaelis Amherst, N.H. Redesigning our currency by varying sizes, embossment or perforation as a means of assisting the blind to distinguish between denominations would impose an "undue burden" on the Treasury.

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  • Their bodies are covered with long, raised wales, which are caused by incisions made with a sharp instrument (such as a shell or a flint), when the patient is young; the wounds are for some time kept open with earth, and made to assume their embossment in the operation of healing.

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  • But on every one of them, in the centre or some other part of the embossment, appeared this image of the sun.

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