embalm


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

em·balm

 (ĕm-bäm′)
tr.v. em·balmed, em·balm·ing, em·balms
1. To treat (a corpse) with preservatives in order to prevent decay.
2. To protect from change or oblivion; preserve or fix: "A precedent embalms a principle" (Benjamin Disraeli).
3. To impart fragrance to; perfume: Spicy aromas embalmed the air.

[Middle English embaumen, from Old French embasmer : en-, in; see en-1 + basme, balm; see balm.]

em·balm′er n.
em·balm′ment n.

embalm

(ɪmˈbɑːm)
vb (tr)
1. (Medicine) to treat (a dead body) with preservatives, as by injecting formaldehyde into the blood vessels, to retard putrefaction
2. to preserve or cherish the memory of
3. poetic to give a sweet fragrance to
[C13: from Old French embaumer; see balm]
emˈbalmer n
emˈbalmment n

em•balm

(ɛmˈbɑm)

v.t.
1. to treat (a dead body) so as to preserve it, as with chemicals, drugs, or balsams.
2. to preserve from oblivion; keep in memory.
3. to keep unchanged.
4. to perfume.
[1300–50; < Old French emba(u)smer=em- em-1 + -ba(u)smer, v. derivative of ba(u)sme balm]
em•balm′er, n.
em•balm′ment, n.

embalm


Past participle: embalmed
Gerund: embalming

Imperative
embalm
embalm
Present
I embalm
you embalm
he/she/it embalms
we embalm
you embalm
they embalm
Preterite
I embalmed
you embalmed
he/she/it embalmed
we embalmed
you embalmed
they embalmed
Present Continuous
I am embalming
you are embalming
he/she/it is embalming
we are embalming
you are embalming
they are embalming
Present Perfect
I have embalmed
you have embalmed
he/she/it has embalmed
we have embalmed
you have embalmed
they have embalmed
Past Continuous
I was embalming
you were embalming
he/she/it was embalming
we were embalming
you were embalming
they were embalming
Past Perfect
I had embalmed
you had embalmed
he/she/it had embalmed
we had embalmed
you had embalmed
they had embalmed
Future
I will embalm
you will embalm
he/she/it will embalm
we will embalm
you will embalm
they will embalm
Future Perfect
I will have embalmed
you will have embalmed
he/she/it will have embalmed
we will have embalmed
you will have embalmed
they will have embalmed
Future Continuous
I will be embalming
you will be embalming
he/she/it will be embalming
we will be embalming
you will be embalming
they will be embalming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been embalming
you have been embalming
he/she/it has been embalming
we have been embalming
you have been embalming
they have been embalming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been embalming
you will have been embalming
he/she/it will have been embalming
we will have been embalming
you will have been embalming
they will have been embalming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been embalming
you had been embalming
he/she/it had been embalming
we had been embalming
you had been embalming
they had been embalming
Conditional
I would embalm
you would embalm
he/she/it would embalm
we would embalm
you would embalm
they would embalm
Past Conditional
I would have embalmed
you would have embalmed
he/she/it would have embalmed
we would have embalmed
you would have embalmed
they would have embalmed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.embalm - preserve a dead body
mummify - remove the organs and dry out (a dead body) in order to preserve it; "Th Egyptians mummified their pharaohs"
conserve, maintain, preserve, keep up - keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction; "We preserve these archeological findings"; "The old lady could not keep up the building"; "children must be taught to conserve our national heritage"; "The museum curator conserved the ancient manuscripts"

embalm

Translations
يُحَنِّطُ، يُصَبِّرُ
balsamere
bebalzsamoz
smyrja
condio
balzamuoti
iebalzamēt
balzamovať
mumyalamak

embalm

[ɪmˈbɑːm] VTembalsamar

embalm

[ɪmˈbɑːm] vt [+ body, corpse] → embaumer

embalm

vt corpseeinbalsamieren

embalm

[ɪmˈbɑːm] vtimbalsamare

embalm

(imˈbaːm) verb
to preserve (a dead body) from decay by treatment with spices or drugs. The Egyptians embalmed the corpses of their kings.

em·balm

v. embalsamar.
References in classic literature ?
As Goethe, when he had a joy or a grief, put it into a song, so Laurie resolved to embalm his love sorrow in music, and to compose a Requiem which should harrow up Jo's soul and melt the heart of every hearer.
In those days we were not content to embalm the thing and bury it decently, we wanted to build a monument over it.
It was perfectly obvious to me, on reading the ritual, that the measurements must refer to some spot to which the rest of the document alluded, and that if we could find that spot, we should be in a fair way towards finding what the secret was which the old Musgraves had thought it necessary to embalm in so curious a fashion.
Look," said he, "I have in that Japanese vase two roses gathered yesterday evening in the bud from the governor's garden; this morning they have blown and spread their vermilion chalice beneath my gaze; with every opening petal they unfold the treasures of their perfumes, filling my chamber with a fragrance that embalms it.
A TOP undertakers failed to embalm almost 2,000 bodies despite charging grieving relatives for the service.
The Co-Op has written to 1,730 families in Staffordshire and Cheshire after it emerged staff failed to embalm bodies.
THE mummified body of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun spontaneously combusted after a botched attempt to embalm him, according to scientists.