repoussé definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Shaped or decorated with patterns in relief formed by hammering and pressing on the reverse side. Used especially of metal.
- Raised in relief.
- A design in relief.
- The technique of hammering and pressing designs in relief.
Origin: French, past participle of repousser, to push back, from Old French : re-, re- + pousser, to push (from Latin pulsāre, to beat, frequentative of pellere, to push; see repel).