What does the word embalm mean?

Usage examples for embalm

  1. I do not think there could be a better test of the power of the Greek language to embalm and preserve for future generations the spirit of Dickens. – The Squirrel Inn by Frank R. Stockton
  2. If you are an artist, you may bring in your vision of it, pass it through your own mind, and thus embalm and preserve the beauty. – The Last Harvest by John Burroughs