Definitions for: Boss


[n] ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance (as on a vault or shield or belt)
[n] a person responsible for hiring workers; "the boss hired three more men for the new job"
[n] a person who exercises control and makes decisions; "he is his own boss now"
[n] a person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
[n] a leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments; "party bosses have a reputation for corruption"
[adj] (informal) exceptionally good; "a boss hand at carpentry"; "his brag cornfield"
[v] raise in a relief; "embossed stationary"



Webster (1913) Definition: Boss (b[o^]s; 115), n.; pl. Bosses (-[e^]z). [OE. boce,
bose, boche, OF. boce, boche, bosse, F. bosse, of G. origin;
cf. OHG. b[=o]zo tuft, bunch, OHG. b[=o]zan, MHG. b[^o]zen,
to beat. See Beat, and cf. Botch a swelling.]
1. Any protuberant part; a round, swelling part or body; a
knoblike process; as, a boss of wood.

2. A protuberant ornament on any work, either of different
material from that of the work or of the same, as upon a
buckler or bridle; a stud; a knob; the central projection
of a shield. See Umbilicus.



3. (Arch.) A projecting ornament placed at the intersection
of the ribs of ceilings, whether vaulted or flat, and in
other situations.

4. [Cf. D. bus box, Dan. b["o]sse.] A wooden vessel for the
mortar used in tiling or masonry, hung by a hook from the
laths, or from the rounds of a ladder. --Gwilt.

5. (Mech.)
(a) The enlarged part of a shaft, on which a wheel is
keyed, or at the end, where it is coupled to another.
(b) A swage or die used for shaping metals.

6. A head or reservoir of water. [Obs.]


Boss (b[o^]s), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bossed (b[o^]st); p.
pr. & vb. n. Bossing.] [OE. bocen, fr. OF. bocier. See the
preceding word.]
To ornament with bosses; to stud.


Boss, n. [D. baas master.]
A master workman or superintendent; a director or manager; a
political dictator. [Slang, U. S.]

Synonyms: brag, chief, emboss, foreman, gaffer, hirer, honcho, party boss, political boss, rivet, stamp, stud, superior

See Also: assistant foreman, baas, block, decoration, employer, ganger, guvnor, impress, imprint, leader, nailhead, old man, ornament, ornamentation, pol, political leader, politician, politico, straw boss, supervisor

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