Dictionary: EM-BROID'ER-ER – E-MERGE'

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One who embroiders.


Ornamenting with figured needlework.


  1. Work in gold, silver or silk thread, formed by the needle on cloth, stuffs and muslin, into various figures; variegated needle-work. Pope. Encyc.
  2. Variegation or diversity of figures and colors; as, the natural embroidery of meadows. Spectator.
  3. Artificial ornaments; as, the embroidery of words. Hosack.

EM-BROIL', v.t. [Fr. embrouiller, brouiller; It. imbrogliare, brogliare; Sp. embrollar; Port. embrulhar; properly to turn, to stir or agitate, to mix, to twist. See Broil.]

  1. To perplex or entangle; to intermix in confusion. The Christian antiquities at Rome – are embroiled with fable and legend. Addison.
  2. To involve in troubles or perplexities; to disturb or distract by connection with something else; to throw into confusion or commotion; to perplex. The royal house embroiled in civil war. Dryden.


Perplexed; entangled; intermixed and confused; involved in trouble.


Perplexing; entangling; involving in trouble.


Confusion; disturbance. Maundrell.

EM-BROTH'EL, v.t. [See Brothel.]

To inclose in a brothel. Donne.

EM'BRY-O, or EM'BRY-ON, a.

Pertaining to or noting any thing in its first rudiments or unfinished state; as, an embryon bud. Darwin.

EM'BRY-O, or EM'BRY-ON, n. [Gr. εμβρυον; L. embryon; from Gr. εν and βρυω, to shoot, bud, germinate. The Greek word is contracted probably from βρυδω, for it gives βρυσις; and if so, it coincides in elements with Eng. brood and breed.]

  1. In physiology, the first rudiments of an animal in the womb, before the several members are distinctly formed; after which it is called a fetus. Encyc.
  2. The rudiments of a plant.
  3. The beginning or first state of any thing not fit for production; the rudiments of any thing yet imperfectly formed. The company little suspected what a noble work I had then in embryo. Swift.

EM-BRY-OL'O-GY, n. [Gr. εμβρυον, a fetus, and λογος.]

The doctrine of the development of the fetus of animals.


In the state of an embryo.


Pertaining to an embryo, or in the state of one. Coleridge.

EM-BRY-OT'O-MY, n. [embryo and Gr. τομη, a cutting, from τεμνω, to cut.]

A cutting or forcible separation of the fetus in utero. Coxe.

EM-BUS'Y, v.t.

To employ. [Not used.]

E-MEND', v.t.

To amend. [Not used.]

E-MEND'A-BLE, a. [L. emendabilis, from emendo, to correct; e and menda, a spot or blemish.]

Capable of being amended or corrected. [See Amendable.]

EM-END-A'TION, n. [L. emendatio.]

  1. The act of altering for the better, or correcting what is erroneous or faulty; correction; applied particularly to the correction of errors in writings. When we speak of life and manners, we use amend, amendment, the French orthography.
  2. An alteration for the better; correction of an error or fault. The last edition of the book contains many emendations.


A corrector of errors or faults in writings; one who corrects or improves.


Contributing to emendation or correction. Warton.

E-MEN'DI-CATE, v.t. [L. emendico.]

To beg.





EM'E-RALD, n. [Sp. esmeralda; Port. id.; It. smeraldo; Fr. emeraude; Arm. emeraudenn; G. D. and Dan. smaragd; L. smaragdus; Gr. μαραγδος and σμαραγδος; Ch. זמרגד; Syr. ܙܡܪܓܕܐ zmaragda; Ar. زُمُرُدٌ zomorodon. It is probable that the European words are from the Oriental, though much altered. The verb ןמר signifies to sing, to call, to amputate, &c.; but the meaning of Emerald is not obvious.]

A mineral and a precious stone, whose colors are a pure, lively green, varying to a pale, yellowish, bluish, or grass green. The primary form of the crystal is a hexagonal prism, which is often variously modified. It is a little harder than quartz, becomes electric by friction, is often transparent, sometimes only translucent, and before the blowpipe is fusible into a whitish enamel or glass. The finest emeralds have been found in Peru. Emerald and beryl are varieties of the same species. Kirwan. Cleaveland.

E-MERGE', v.i. [emerj'; L. emergo; e, ex, and mergo, to plunge.]

  1. To rise out of a fluid or other covering or surrounding substance; as, to emerge from the water or from the ocean. Thetis – emerging from the deep. Dryden We say, a planet emerges from the sun's light; a star emerging from chaos. It is opposed to immerge.
  2. To issue; to proceed from. Newton
  3. To reappear, after being eclipsed; to leave the sphere of the obscuring object. The sun is said to emerge, when the moon ceases to obscure its light; the satellites of Jupiter emerge, when they appear beyond the limb of the planet.
  4. To rise out of a state of depression or obscurity; to rise into view; as, to emerge from poverty or obscurity; to emerge from the gloom of despondency.