WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
em•boss /ɛmˈbɔs, -ˈbɑs/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to decorate (a surface) with raised designs or decorations:He embossed the sword with the design of a bull.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
em•boss  (em bôs, -bos),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to raise or represent (surface designs) in relief.
  2. to decorate (a surface) with raised ornament.
  3. Metallurgyto raise a design on (a blank) with dies of similar pattern, one the negative of the other. Cf. coin (def. 12).
  4. to cause to bulge out;
    make protuberant.
em•bossa•ble, adj. 
em•bosser, n. 
em•bossment, n. 
  • Middle French embocer, equivalent. to em- em-1 + boce boss2
  • Middle English embosen 1350–1400

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