em·boss (ĕm-bôs, -bŏs)
tr.v. em·bossed, em·boss·ing, em·boss·es
1. To mold or carve in relief: emboss a design on a coin.
2. To decorate with or as if with a raised design: emboss leather.
3. To adorn; decorate.
4. To cover with many protuberances; stud: “The whole buoy was embossed with barnacles” (Herman Melville).
[Middle English embosen, from Old French embocer : en-, in; see EN-1 + boce, hump, bump, knob; see BOSS2.]
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