transitive verb \im-ˈbäs, -ˈbs\

Definition of EMBOSS

:  to drive (as a hunted animal) to bay or to exhaustion

Origin of EMBOSS

Middle English embosen to become exhausted from being hunted, ultimately from Anglo-French bois woods
First Known Use: 14th century


transitive verb

Definition of EMBOSS

:  to raise the surface of into bosses; especially :  to ornament with raised work
:  to raise in relief from a surface
em·boss·able \-ˈbä-sə-bəl, -ˈb-\ adjective
em·boss·er \-sər\ noun
em·boss·ment \-mənt\ noun

Origin of EMBOSS

Middle English embosen, from Middle French embocer, from en- + boce boss
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato


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