Em·broid·er·y n.; pl. Embroideries
1. Needlework used to enrich textile fabrics, leather, etc.; also, the art of embroidering.
2. Diversified ornaments, especially by contrasted figures and colors; variegated decoration.
Fields in spring's embroidery are dressed. --Addison.
A mere rhetorical embroidery of phrases. --J. A. Symonds.
n 1: elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative
(sometimes fictitious) detail; "the mystery has been
heightened by many embellishments in subsequent
retellings" [syn: embellishment]
2: decorative needlework [syn: fancywork]