The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Emboss \Em*boss"\ (?; 115), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Embossed (?;
115); p. pr. & vb. n. Embossing.] [Pref. em- (L. in) +
boss: cf. OF. 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. --Dryden.
Exhibiting flowers in their natural color embossed
upon a purple ground. --Sir W.