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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 ?
Remembering the embalmed head, at first I almost thought that this black manikin was a real baby preserved in some similar manner.
Only one sweeter end can readily be recalled --the delicious death of an Ohio honey-hunter, who seeking honey in the crotch of a hollow tree, found such exceeding store of it, that leaning too far over, it sucked him in, so that he died embalmed.
We should go forth on the shortest walk, perchance, in the spirit of undying adventure, never to return-- prepared to send back our embalmed hearts only as relics to our desolate kingdoms.
Here lies Wragge, embalmed in the tardy recognition of his species: he plowed, sowed, and reaped his fellow-creatures; and enlightened posterity congratulates him on the uniform excellence of his crops.
I asked her whether, like Marguerite de Navarre, she had their hearts embalmed and hung at her girdle.
The Mediterranean, the blue sea par excellence, "the great sea" of the Hebrews, "the sea" of the Greeks, the "mare nostrum" of the Romans, bordered by orange-trees, aloes, cacti, and sea-pines; embalmed with the perfume of the myrtle, surrounded by rude mountains, saturated with pure and transparent air, but incessantly worked by underground fires; a perfect battlefield in which Neptune and Pluto still dispute the empire of the world!
The Parsee, leading the others, noiselessly crept through the wood, and in ten minutes they found themselves on the banks of a small stream, whence, by the light of the rosin torches, they perceived a pyre of wood, on the top of which lay the embalmed body of the rajah, which was to be burned with his wife.
In the green deeps a shaft of gold Limns their elaborate attire; Through silken sleeves the winds aspire, Embalmed, to stray, and, growing bold, Swell them to their desire.
Anna seemed delighted to see her friend, and Julia was in raptures--they flew into each other's arms--and if their parting embrace was embalmed in tears, their meeting was enlivened with smiles.
Could it be Beatrice's breath which thus embalmed her words with a strange richness, as if by steeping them in her heart?
In this dilemma, Captain Hardy arranged that the corpse, being first partially embalmed, and packed, with a large quantity of salt, in a box of suitable dimensions, should be conveyed on board as merchandise.
The paintings represented subjects connected with the various supposed duties of the soul, and its presentation to different divinities, with numerous identical human figures, intended, very probably, as portraits of the persons embalmed.