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Definition of boss:

  1. A head or reservoir of water.
  2. A master workman or superintendent; a director or manager; a political dictator.
  3. A projecting ornament placed at the intersection of the ribs of ceilings, whether vaulted or flat, and in other situations.
  4. A protuberant ornament on any work, either of different material from that of the work or of the same, as upon a buckler or bridle; a stud; a knob; the central projection of a shield. See Umbilicus.
  5. A swage or die used for shaping metals.
  6. A wooden vessel for the mortar used in tiling or masonry, hung by a hook from the laths, or from the rounds of a ladder.
  7. Any protuberant part; a round, swelling part or body; a knoblike process; as, a boss of wood.
  8. The enlarged part of a shaft, on which a wheel is keyed, or at the end, where it is coupled to another.
  9. To ornament with bosses; to stud.

Synonyms:

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