Dictionary: EM-BAY' – EM-BLAZ'ED

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EM-BAY', v.t. [en, in, and bay.]

  1. To inclose in a bay or inlet; to land-lock; to inclose between capes or promontories. Mar. Dict.
  2. [Fr. baigner.] To bathe; to wash. [Not used.] Spenser.

EM-BAY'ED, pp.

Inclosed in a bay, or between points of land, as a ship.

EM-BAY'ING, ppr.

Inclosing in a bay.

EM-BED', v.t. [en, in, and bed.]

To lay as in a bed; to lay in surrounding matter; as, to embed a thing in clay or in sand.


Laid as in a bed; deposited or inclosed in surrounding matter; as, ore embedded in sand.


Laying, depositing or forming, as in a bed.


Act of embedding; state of being embedded.

EM-BEL'LISH, v.t. [Fr. embellir, from belle, L. bellus, pretty.]

  1. To adorn; to beautify; to decorate; to make beautiful or elegant by ornaments; applied to persons or things. We embellish the person with rich apparel, a garden with shrubs and flowers, and style with metaphors.
  2. To make graceful or elegant; as, to embellish manners.


Adorned; decorated; beautified.


One who embellishes.


Adorning; decorating; adding grace, ornament or elegance to a person or thing.


So as to embellish.


  1. The act of adorning.
  2. Ornament; decoration; any thing that adds beauty or elegance; that which renders any thing pleasing to the eye, or agreeable to the taste, in dress, furniture, manners, or in the fine arts. Rich dresses are embellishments of the person. Virtue is an embellishment of the mind, and liberal arts, the embellishments of society.

EM'BER, n.

In ember-days, ember-weeks, is the Saxon emb-ren, or ymb-ryne, a circle, circuit or revolution, from ymb, αμφι, around, and ren, or ryne, course, from the root of run. Ember-days are the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, after Quadragesima Sunday, after Whitsunday, after Holyroodday in September and after St. Lucia's day in December. Ember-days are days returning at certain seasons; Ember-weeks, the weeks in which these days fall; and formerly, our ancestors used the words Ember-fast and Ember-tide or season. Lye. Encyc. LL. Alfred. sect. 39.


A fowl of the genus Colymbus and order of ansers. It is larger than the common goose; the head is dusky; the back, coverts of the wings and tail, clouded with lighter and darker shades of the same; the primaries and tail are black; the breast and belly silvery. It inhabits the northern regions, about Iceland and the Orkneys. Encyc.


The ember-days, supra. [Obs.] Tusser.

EM'BERS, n. [plur. Sax. æmyrian; Scot. ameris, aumers; Ice. einmyria.]

Small coals of fire with ashes; the residuum of wood, coal, or other combustibles not extinguished; cinders. He rakes hot embers, and renews the fires. Dryden. It is used by Colebrooke in the singular. He takes a lighted ember out of the covered vessel. Asiat. Res. vii. 234.

EM'BER-WEEK, n. [See EMBER, supra.]

EM-BEZ'ZLE, v.t. [Norm. embeasiler, to filch; beseler, id. The primary sense to not quite obvious. If the sense is to strip, to peel, it coincides with the Ar. بَصَّلَ, bassala, to strip, or Heb. Ch. and Syr. פצל. In Heb. Ch. Syr. and Sam. בוז or בוה signifies to plunder. See Class Bs, No. 2, 21, 22. Perhaps the sense is to cut off. No. 21, 54.]

  1. To appropriate fraudulently to one's own use what is intrusted to one's care and management. It differs from stealing and robbery in this, that the latter imply a wrongful taking of another's goods, but embezzlement denotes the wrongful appropriation and use of what came into possession by right. It is not uncommon for men intrusted with public money to embezzle it.
  2. To waste, to dissipate in extravagance. When thou hast embezzled all thy store. Dryden.


Appropriated wrongfully to one's own use.


  1. The act of fraudulently appropriating to one's own use, the money or goods intrusted to one's care and management. An accurate account of the embezzlements of public money would form a curious history.
  2. The thing appropriated.


One who embezzles.


Fraudulently applying to one's own use what is intrusted to one's care and employment.

EM-BLAZE, v.t. [Fr. blasonner; Sp. blasonar; Port. blazonar, brazonar; allied to G. blasen, D. blaazen, to blow, and Fr. blaser, to burn, Eng. blaze. The sense is to swell, to enlarge, to make showy.]

  1. To adorn with glittering embellishments. No weeping orphan saw his father's stores / Our shrines irradiate, or emblaze the floor. Pope.
  2. To blazon; to paint or adorn with figures armorial. The imperial ensign, streaming to the wind, / With gems and golden luster rich emblazed. Milton.


Adorned with shining ornaments, or with figures armorial.