- When an undertaker injects a fluid to preserve a corpse for a funeral showing, this is an example of when he embalms.
- When you preserve the old code of ethics of a club that has been in existence for a long time and you do not allow the rules to change, this is an example of when you embalm.
- When lilacs fill the air with a sweet smell, this is an example of when they embalm.
- to treat (a dead body) with various chemicals, usually after removing the viscera, etc., to keep it from decaying rapidly
- to preserve in memory
- to make fragrant; perfume
Origin of embalmMiddle English embaumen ; from Old French embaumer: see en- and amp; balm
transitive verbem·balmed, em·balm·ing, em·balms
- To treat (a corpse) with preservatives in order to prevent decay.
- To protect from change or oblivion; preserve or fix: “A precedent embalms a principle” (Benjamin Disraeli).
- To impart fragrance to; perfume: Spicy aromas embalmed the air.
Origin of embalmMiddle English embaumen, from Old French embasmer : en-, in; see en–1 + basme, balm; see balm.
(third-person singular simple present embalms, present participle embalming, simple past and past participle embalmed)
From Middle English embaumen, from Middle French embaumer, from Old French embasmer. See balm.