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English Dictionary: bosses by the DICT Development Group
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Boss \Boss\ (b[ocr]s; 115), n.; pl. {Bosses} (-[ecr]z). [OE.
      boce, bose, boche, OF. boce, boche, bosse, F. bosse, of G.
      origin; cf. OHG. b[d3]zo tuft, bunch, OHG. b[d3]zan, MHG.
      b[93]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}.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
   Bosses
      the projecting parts of a shield (Job 15:26). The Hebrew word
      thus rendered means anything convex or arched, and hence the
      back, as of animals.
     
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