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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 ?
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.
But the fact is, I fell into catalepsy, and it was considered by my best friends that I was either dead or should be; they accordingly embalmed me at once -- I presume you are aware of the chief principle of the embalming process?
Now, as it is my good fortune to be of the blood of the Scarabaeus, I was embalmed alive, as you see me at present.
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!
He made me a present of his embalmed head; took out his enormous tobacco wallet, and groping under the tobacco, drew out some thirty dollars in silver; then spreading them on the table, and mechanically dividing them into two equal portions, pushed one of them towards me, and said it was mine.
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.
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.
All these wonders and magical effects which the chronicler has heaped up, or rather embalmed, in his recital, at the risk of rivaling the brain-born scenes of romancers; these splendors whereby night seemed vanquished and nature corrected, together with every delight and luxury combined for the satisfaction of all the senses, as well as the imagination, Fouquet did in real truth offer to his sovereign in that enchanting retreat of which no monarch could at that time boast of possessing an equal.
Gaily, roaringly, irresistibly, in jolly-good-fellow style, we dragged him from the restaurant to a cafe, stuffing his pockets with his embalmed birds and indigestible nuggets.
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.
I asked her whether, like Marguerite de Navarre, she had their hearts embalmed and hung at her girdle.
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.