- (transitive) To mark or decorate with a raised design or symbol.
- The papers weren't official until the seal had been embossed on them.
- (transitive) To raise in relief from a surface, as an ornament, a head on a coin, etc.
- Then o'er the lofty gate his art embossed / Androgeo's death.
- Sir Walter Scott
- Exhibiting flowers in their natural colour embossed upon a purple ground.
to mark or decorate with a raised design or symbol
- (obsolete) Of a hunted animal: to take shelter in a wood or forest.
- (obsolete) To drive (an animal) to extremity; to exhaust, to make foam at the mouth.
- 1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, chapter 11, in The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821:
- And as it commonly happens, that when the Stag begins to be embost, and finds his strength to faile-him, having no other remedie left him, doth yeeld and bequeath himselfe unto us that pursue him, with teares suing to us for mercie […].
- (obsolete) To hide or conceal in a thicket; to imbosk; to enclose, shelter, or shroud in a wood.
- in the Arabian woods embossed
- (obsolete) To surround; to ensheath; to immerse; to beset.
- A knight her met in mighty arms embossed.