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Emblazon transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Emblazoned ; present participle & verbal noun Emblazoning .] [ Prefix em- + blazon . Confer Emblaze .]
1. To depict or represent; -- said of heraldic bearings. See Blazon .

2. To deck in glaring colors; to set off conspicuously; to display pompously; to decorate.

The walls were . . . emblazoned with legends in commemoration of the illustrious pair.

Emblazoner noun One who emblazons; also, one who publishes and displays anything with pomp.

Emblazoning noun The act or art of heraldic decoration; delineation of armorial bearings.

Emblazonment noun An emblazoning.

Emblazonry noun ; plural Emblazonries The act or art of an emblazoner; heraldic or ornamental decoration, as pictures or figures on shields, standards, etc.; emblazonment.

Thine ancient standard's rich emblazonry .

Emblem noun [ French emblème , Latin emblema , -atis , that which is put in or on, inlaid work, from Greek ... a thing put in or on, from ... to throw, lay, put in; ... in + ... to throw. See In , and Parable .]
1. Inlay; inlaid or mosaic work; something ornamental inserted in a surface. [ Obsolete] Milton.

2. A visible sign of an idea; an object, or the figure of an object, symbolizing and suggesting another object, or an idea, by natural aptness or by association; a figurative representation; a typical designation; a symbol; as, a balance is an emblem of justice; a scepter, the emblem of sovereignty or power; a circle, the emblem of eternity. "His cicatrice, an emblem of war, here on his sinister cheek." Shak.

3. A picture accompanied with a motto, a set of verse, or the like, intended as a moral lesson or meditation.

» Writers and artists of the 17th century gave much attention and study to the composition of such emblems , and many collections of them were published.

Syn. -- Sign; symbol; type; device; signal; token. -- Sign , Emblem , Symbol , Type . Sign is the generic word comprehending all significant representations. An emblem is a visible object representing another by a natural suggestion of characteristic qualities, or an habitual and recognized association; as, a circle, having no apparent beginning or end, is an emblem of eternity; a particular flag is the emblem of the country or ship which has adopted it for a sign and with which it is habitually associated. Between emblem and symbol the distinction is slight, and often one may be substituted for the other without impropriety. See Symbol . Thus, a circle is either an emblem or a symbol of eternity; a scepter, either an emblem or a symbol of authority; a lamb, either an emblem or a symbol of meekness. "An emblem is always of something simple; a symbol may be of something complex, as of a transaction . . . In consequence we do not speak of actions emblematic ." C. J. Smith. A type is a representative example, or model, exhibiting the qualities common to all individuals of the class to which it belongs; as, the Monitor is a type of a class of war vessels.

Emblem transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Emblemed ; present participle & verbal noun Embleming .] To represent by an emblem; to symbolize. [ R.]

Emblemed by the cozening fig tree.

Emblematic, Emblematical adjective [ Confer French emblématique .] Pertaining to, containing, or consisting in, an emblem; symbolic; typically representative; representing as an emblem; as, emblematic language or ornaments; a crown is emblematic of royalty; white is emblematic of purity. -- Em`blem*at"ic*al*ly , adverb

Emblematiccize transitive verb To render emblematic; as, to emblematicize a picture. [ R.] Walpole.

Emblematist noun A writer or inventor of emblems. Sir T. Browne.

Emblematize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Emblematized ; present participle & verbal noun Emblematizing .] To represent by, or as by, an emblem; to symbolize.

Anciently the sun was commonly emblematized by a starry or radiate figure.
Bp. Hurd.

Emblement noun [ Old French embleer to sow with corn, French emblaver , from Late Latin imbladare ; prefix in- + Late Latin bladum grain, French blé .] (Law) The growing crop, or profits of a crop which has been sown or planted; -- used especially in the plural. The produce of grass, trees, and the like, is not emblement. Wharton's Law Dict.

Emblemize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Emblemized ; present participle & verbal noun Emblemizing .] To represent by an emblem; to emblematize. [ R.]

Embloom transitive verb To emblossom. Savage.

Emblossom transitive verb To cover or adorn with blossoms.

On the white emblossomed spray.
J. Cunningham.

Embodier noun One who embodies.

Embodiment noun
1. The act of embodying; the state of being embodied.

2. That which embodies or is embodied; representation in a physical body; a completely organized system, like the body; as, the embodiment of courage, or of courtesy; the embodiment of true piety.

Embody transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Embodied ; present participle & verbal noun Embodying .] To form into a body; to invest with a body; to collect into a body, a united mass, or a whole; to incorporate; as, to embody one's ideas in a treatise. [ Written also imbody .]

Devils embodied and disembodied.
Sir W. Scott.

The soul, while it is embodied , can no more be divided from sin.

Embody intransitive verb To unite in a body, a mass, or a collection; to coalesce. [ Written also imbody .]

Firmly to embody against this court party.

Embogue intransitive verb [ See Disembogue .] To disembogue; to discharge, as a river, its waters into the sea or another river. [ R.]

Emboguing noun The mouth of a river, or place where its waters are discharged. [ R.]

Emboil intransitive verb To boil with anger; to effervesce. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Emboil transitive verb To cause to boil with anger; to irritate; to chafe. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Emboîtement noun [ French, from emboîter to fit in, insert; en in + boîte box.] (Biol.) The hypothesis that all living things proceed from preëxisting germs, and that these encase the germs of all future living things, inclosed one within another. Buffon.

Embolden transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Emboldened ; present participle & verbal noun Emboldening .] To give boldness or courage to; to encourage. Shak.

The self-conceit which emboldened him to undertake this dangerous office.
Sir W. Scott.

Emboldener noun One who emboldens.

Embolic adjective [ Greek ... to throw in. See Embolism .]
1. Embolismic.

2. (Medicine) Pertaining to an embolism; produced by an embolism; as, an embolic abscess.

3. (Biol.) Pushing or growing in; -- said of a kind of invagination. See under Invagination .

Embolism noun [ Latin embolismus , from Greek ... to throw or put in, insert; confer ... intercalated: confer French embolisme . See Emblem .]
1. Intercalation; the insertion of days, months, or years, in an account of time, to produce regularity; as, the embolism of a lunar month in the Greek year.

2. Intercalated time. Johnson.

3. (Medicine) The occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus. Embolism in the brain often produces sudden unconsciousness and paralysis.

Embolismal adjective Pertaining to embolism; intercalary; as, embolismal months.

Embolismatic, Embolismatical adjective Embolismic.

Embolismic, Embolismical adjective [ Confer French embolismique .] Pertaining to embolism or intercalation; intercalated; as, an embolismic year, i. e. , the year in which there is intercalation.

Embolite noun [ From Greek ... something thrown in between.] (Min.) A mineral consisting of both the chloride and the bromide of silver.

Embolus noun ; plural Emboli . [ Latin , from Greek ... pointed so as to be put or thrust in, from ... to throw, thrust, or put in. See Emblem .]
1. Something inserted, as a wedge; the piston or sucker of a pump or syringe.

2. (Medicine) A plug of some substance lodged in a blood vessel, being brought thither by the blood current. It consists most frequently of a clot of fibrin, a detached shred of a morbid growth, a globule of fat, or a microscopic organism.

Emboly noun [ Greek ... a putting into.] (Biol.) Embolic invagination. See under Invagination .

Embonpoint noun [ French, from en bon point in good condition. See Bon , and Point .] Plumpness of person; -- said especially of persons somewhat corpulent.

Emborder transitive verb [ Prefix em- (L. in ) + border : confer Old French emborder .] To furnish or adorn with a border; to imborder.

Embosom transitive verb [ Written also imbosom .]
1. To take into, or place in, the bosom; to cherish; to foster.

Glad to embosom his affection.

2. To inclose or surround; to shelter closely; to place in the midst of something.

His house embosomed in the grove.

Some tender flower . . . .
Embosomed in the greenest glade.

Emboss transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Embossed (?; 115); present participle & verbal noun Embossing .] [ Prefix em- (L. in ) + boss : confer Old French embosser to swell in bunches.]
1. To raise the surface of into bosses or protuberances; particularly, to ornament with raised work.

Botches and blains must all his flesh emboss .

2. To raise in relief from a surface, as an ornament, a head on a coin, or the like.

Then o'er the lofty gate his art embossed
Androgeo's death.

Exhibiting flowers in their natural color embossed upon a purple ground.
Sir W. Scott.

Emboss transitive verb [ Etymology uncertain.] To make to foam at the mouth, like a hunted animal. [ Obsolete]

Emboss transitive verb [ Confer Pr. & Spanish emboscar , Italian imboscare , French embusquer , and English imbosk .]
1. To hide or conceal in a thicket; to imbosk; to inclose, shelter, or shroud in a wood. [ Obsolete]

In the Arabian woods embossed .

2. To surround; to ensheath; to immerse; to beset.

A knight her met in mighty arms embossed .

Emboss intransitive verb To seek the bushy forest; to hide in the woods. [ Obsolete] S. Butler.

Embossed adjective
1. Formed or covered with bosses or raised figures.

2. Having a part projecting like the boss of a shield.

3. Swollen; protuberant. [ Obsolete] "An embossed carbuncle." Shak.

Embosser noun One who embosses.

Embossment noun
1. The act of forming bosses or raised figures, or the state of being so formed.

2. A bosslike prominence; figure in relief; raised work; jut; protuberance; esp., a combination of raised surfaces having a decorative effect. "The embossment of the figure." Addison.

Embottle transitive verb To bottle. [ R.] Phillips.

Embouchure noun [ French, from emboucher to put to the mouth; prefix em- (L. in ) + bouche the mouth. Confer Embouge , Debouch .]
1. The mouth of a river; also, the mouth of a cannon.

2. (Mus.) (a) The mouthpiece of a wind instrument. (b) The shaping of the lips to the mouthpiece; as, a flute player has a good embouchure .

Embow transitive verb To bend like a bow; to curve. " Embowed arches." [ Obsolete or R.] Sir W. Scott.

With gilded horns embowed like the moon.

Embowel transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Emboweled or Embowelled ; present participle & verbal noun Emboweling or Embowelling .]
1. To disembowel.

The barbarous practice of emboweling .

The boar . . . makes his trough
In your emboweled bosoms.

» Disembowel is the preferable word in this sense.

2. To imbed; to hide in the inward parts; to bury.

Or deep emboweled in the earth entire.

Emboweler noun One who takes out the bowels. [ Written also emboweller .]

Embowelment noun Disembowelment.