Embower Em·bow"er transitive verb To cover with a bower; to shelter with trees. [ Written also imbower .] [ Poetic] Milton. -- intransitive verb To lodge or rest in a bower. [ Poetic] "In their wide boughs embow'ring. " Spenser.
Embowl Em·bowl" transitive verb To form like a bowl; to give a globular shape to. [ Obsolete] Sir P. Sidney.
Embox Em·box" transitive verb To inclose, as in a box; to imbox.
Emboyssement Em·boysse"ment noun [ See Embushment .] An ambush. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Embrace Em·brace" (ĕm*brās") transitive verb [ Prefix em- (intens.) + brace , transitive verb ] To fasten on, as armor. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Embrace Em·brace" transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Embraced
(-brāst"); present participle & verbal noun Embracing
(-brā"sĭng).] [ Middle English embracier
, French embrasser
; prefix em-
) + French bras
arm. See Brace
] 1. To clasp in the arms with affection; to take in the arms; to hug.
I will embrace him with a soldier's arm, Shak.
That he shall shrink under my courtesy.
Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them. Acts xx. 1. 2. To cling to; to cherish; to love. Shak. 3. To seize eagerly, or with alacrity; to accept with cordiality; to welcome.
these conditions." "You embrace
the occasion." Shak.
What is there that he may not embrace for truth? Locke. 4. To encircle; to encompass; to inclose.
Low at his feet a spacious plain is placed, Denham. 5. To include as parts of a whole; to comprehend; to take in; as, natural philosophy embraces many sciences.
Between the mountain and the stream embraced .
Not that my song, in such a scanty space, Dryden. 6. To accept; to undergo; to submit to.
So large a subject fully can embrace .
this fortune patiently." Shak. 7. (Law) To attempt to influence corruptly, as a jury or court. Blackstone. Syn.
-- To clasp; hug; inclose; encompass; include; comprise; comprehend; contain; involve; imply.
Embrace Em·brace" intransitive verb To join in an embrace.
Embrace Em·brace" noun Intimate or close encircling with the arms; pressure to the bosom; clasp; hug.
We stood tranced in long embraces , Tennyson.
Mixed with kisses.
Embracement Em·brace"ment noun
[ Confer French embrassement
.] 1. A clasp in the arms; embrace.
Dear though chaste embracements . Sir P. Sidney. 2. State of being contained; inclosure.
In the embracement of the parts hardly reparable, as bones. Bacon. 3. Willing acceptance.
A ready embracement of . . . his kindness. Barrow.
Embraceor Em·brace"or noun (Law) One guilty of embracery.
Embracer Em·bra"cer noun One who embraces.
Embracery Em·bra"cer·y noun (Law) An attempt to influence a court, jury, etc., corruptly, by promises, entreaties, money, entertainments, threats, or other improper inducements.
Embracive Em·bra"cive adjective Disposed to embrace; fond of caressing. [ R.] Thackeray.
Embraid Em·braid" transitive verb [ Prefix em- (L. in ) + 1st braid .] 1. To braid up, as hair. [ Obsolete] Spenser. 2. To upbraid. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Elyot.
Embranchment Em·branch"ment noun [ Confer French embranchement .] The branching forth, as of trees.
Embrangle Em·bran"gle transitive verb
[ Prefix em-
) + brangle
.] To confuse; to entangle.
I am lost and embrangled in inextricable difficulties. Berkeley.
Embrasure Em·bra"sure noun [ See Embrace .] An embrace. [ Obsolete] "Our locked embrasures ." Shak.
[ French, from embraser
, perhaps equiv. to ébraser
to widen an opening; of unknown origin.] 1. (Architecture) A splay of a door or window.
Apart, in t
Embrave Em·brave" transitive verb 1. To inspire with bravery.
[ Obsolete] Beaumont. 2. To decorate; to make showy and fine.
And with sad cypress seemly it embraves . Spenser.
Embrawn Em·brawn" transitive verb To harden.
It will embrawn and iron-crust his flesh. Nash.
Embread Em·bread" transitive verb [ Prefix em- (L. in ) + bread = 1st braid .] To braid. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Embreathement Em·breathe"ment noun The act of breathing in; inspiration.
The special and immediate suggestion, embreathement , and dictation of the Holy Ghost. W. Lee.
Embrew Em·brew" transitive verb To imbrue; to stain with blood. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Embright Em·bright" transitive verb To brighten. [ Obsolete]
Embrocate Em"bro·cate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Embrocated ; present participle & verbal noun Embrocating .] [ New Latin embrocatus , past participle of embrocare ; confer Greek ... lotion, fomentation, from ... to foment; ... in + ... to wet.] (Medicine) To moisten and rub (a diseased part) with a liquid substance, as with spirit, oil, etc., by means of a cloth or sponge.
Embrocation Em`bro·ca"tion noun [ New Latin embrocatio : confer French embrocation .] (Medicine) (a) The act of moistening and rubbing a diseased part with spirit, oil, etc. (b) The liquid or lotion with which an affected part is rubbed.
Embroglio Em·brogl"io noun See Imbroglio .
Embroider Em·broid"er transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Embroidered
; present participle & verbal noun Embroidering
.] [ Middle English embrouden
. See Broider
.] To ornament with needlework; as, to embroider a scarf.
Thou shalt embroider the coat of fine linen. Ex. xxviii. 39.
Embroiderer Em·broid"er·er noun One who embroiders.
Embroidery Em·broid"er·y noun
; plural Embroideries 1. Needlework used to enrich textile fabrics, leather, etc.; also, the art of embroidering. 2. Diversified ornaments, especially by contrasted figures and colors; variegated decoration.
Fields in spring's embroidery are dressed. Addison.
A mere rhetorical embroidery of phrases. J. A. Symonds.
Embroil Em·broil" transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Embroiled
; present participle & verbal noun Embroiling
.] [ French embrouiller
; prefix em-
) + brouiller
. See 1st Broil
, and confer Imbroglio
.] 1. To throw into confusion or commotion by contention or discord; to entangle in a broil or quarrel; to make confused; to distract; to involve in difficulties by dissension or strife.
The royal house embroiled in civil war. Dryden. 2. To implicate in confusion; to complicate; to jumble.
The Christian antiquities at Rome . . . are so embroiled with ...able and legend. Addison. Syn.
-- To perplex; entangle; distract; disturb; disorder; trouble; implicate; commingle.
Embroil Em·broil" noun See Embroilment .
Embroiler Em·broil"er noun One who embroils.
Embroilment Em·broil"ment noun [ Confer French embrouillement .] The act of embroiling, or the condition of being embroiled; entanglement in a broil. Bp. Burnet.
Embronze Em·bronze" transitive verb 1. To embody in bronze; to set up a bronze representation of, as of a person. [ Poetic] 2. To color in imitation of bronze. See Bronze , transitive verb
Embrothel Em·broth"el transitive verb To inclose in a brothel. [ Obsolete] Donne.
Embroude, Embrowde Em·broud"e, Em·browd"e Em*broyd"e transitive verb To embroider; to adorn.
Embrowded was he, as it were a mead Chaucer.
All full of fresshe flowers, white and red.
Embrown Em·brown" transitive verb
[ Prefix em-
) + brown
.] To give a brown color to; to imbrown.
Summer suns embrown the laboring swain. Fenton.
Embrue Em·brue" transitive verb See Imbrue , Embrew . [ Obsolete]
Embrute Em·brute" transitive verb
[ Prefix em-
) + brute
. Confer Imbrute
.] To brutify; to imbrute.
All the man embruted in the swine. Cawthorn.
Embryo Em"bry·o noun
; plural Embryos
. [ French embryon
, Greek 'e`mbryon
, perhaps from ... in (akin to Latin ... English in
) + ... to be full of, swell with; perhaps akin to English brew
.] (Biol.) The first rudiments of an organism, whether animal or plant
; as: (a) The young of an animal in the womb, or more specifically, before its parts are developed and it becomes a fetus (see Fetus ). (b) The germ of the plant, which is inclosed in the seed and which is developed by germination. In embryo
, in an incipient or undeveloped state; in conception, but not yet executed.
"The company little suspected what a noble work I had then in embryo
Embryo Em"bry·o adjective Pertaining to an embryo; rudimentary; undeveloped; as, an embryo bud.
Embryo sac Em"bry·o sac` (Botany) See under Embryonic .
Embryogenic Em`bry·o·gen"ic adjective (Biol.) Pertaining to the development of an embryo.
Embryogeny Em`bry·og"e·ny noun [ Greek 'e`mbryon an embryo + root of ... to produce: confer French embryogénie .] (Biol.) The production and development of an embryo.
Embryogony Em`bry·og"o·ny noun [ Greek 'e`mbryon an embryo + gonh` generation.] (Biol.) The formation of an embryo.
Embryography Em`bry·og"ra·phy noun [ Greek 'e`mbryon an embryo + -graphy .] (Biol.) The general description of embryos.
Embryologic, Embryological Em`bry·o·log"ic, Em`bry·o·log"ic·al adjective (Biol.) Of or pertaining to embryology.
Embryologist Em`bry·ol"o·gist noun One skilled in embryology.
Embryology Em`bry·ol"o·gy noun [ Greek 'e`mbryon an embryo + -logy : confer French embryologie .] (Biol.) The science which relates to the formation and development of the embryo in animals and plants; a study of the gradual development of the ovum until it reaches the adult stage.