Definition of emboss:
- To arise the surface of into bosses or protuberances; particularly, to ornament with raised work.
- To hide or conceal in a thicket; to imbosk; to inclose, shelter, or shroud in a wood.
- To make to foam at the mouth, like a hunted animal.
- To raise in relief from a surface, as an ornament, a head on a coin, or the like.
- To seek the bushy forest; to hide in the woods.
- To surround; to ensheath; to immerse; to beset.
dress, festoon, fancify, gussy up, doll up, blazon, glitz, deck, caparison, trim, embellish, drape, bedeck, ornament, boss, stamp, emblaze, grace, adorn, enrich, array, pretty, pigeonhole, stereotype, stomp, fancy up, stump, do, design, decorate, bedizen, do up, garnish, enchase, beautify.
- "Tropic Days", E. J. Banfield.
Cowper describes a prisoner of the Bastile beguiling his weary hours by counting the nail- studs on the door of his cell, upwards, downwards, and across,- " Wearing out time in numbering to and fro, The studs that thick emboss his iron door; Then downward and then upwards, then aslant And then alternate; with a sickly hope By dint of change to give his tasteless task Some relish; till, the sum exactly found In all directions, he begins again."- "Leading Articles on Various Subjects", Hugh Miller.
By her help I also now Make this churlish place allow Some things that may sweeten gladness In the very gall of sadness: The dull loneness, the black shade That these hanging vaults have made; The strange music of the waves Beating on these hollow caves; This black den which rocks emboss Overgrown with eldest moss; The rude portals that give light More to terror than delight; This my chamber of neglect, Walled about with disrespect; From all these, and this dull air, A fit object for despair, She hath taught me, by her might, To draw comfort and delight.- "Pastoral Poems by Nicholas Breton, Selected Poetry by George Wither, and Pastoral Poetry by William Browne (of Tavistock)", Nicholas Breton, George Wither, and William Browne (of Tavistock).