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Meaning of IMBRICATE

Pronunciation:  [adj]'imbrukit, [v]'imbru'keyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (botany) used especially of leaves or bracts; overlapping or layered as scales or shingles
  2. [v]  overlap; "The roof tiles imbricate"
  3. [v]  place so as to overlap; "imbricate the roof tiles"

IMBRICATE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: imbricated, rough, unsmooth
 See Also: lay, overlap, place, pose, position, put, set



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im"bri*cate\, Imbricated \Im"bri*ca`ted\, a. [L.
    imbricatus, p. p. of imbricare to cover with tiles, to form
    like a gutter tile, fr. imbrex, -icis, a hollow tile, gutter
    tile, fr. imber rain.]
    1. Bent and hollowed like a roof or gutter tile.
    2. Lying over each other in regular order, so as to ``break
       joints,'' like tiles or shingles on a roof, the scales on
       the leaf buds of plants and the cups of some acorns, or
       the scales of fishes; overlapping each other at the
       margins, as leaves in [ae]stivation.
    3. In decorative art: Having scales lapping one over the
       other, or a representation of such scales; as, an
       imbricated surface; an imbricated pattern.
  2. \Im"bri*cate\, v. t.
    To lay in order, one lapping over another, so as to form an
    imbricated surface.
Biology Dictionary
  1. Of perianth parts, having the edges overlapping in the bud. Compare valvate.
  2. Overlapping; describes something with many units in an overlapping arrangement, such as shingles on a roof or flat pebbles, or where all units in a structure have their long axes parallel to one another and pointing diagonally in the same direction (but not in the same plane as the bedding surface). This includes both sedimentary structures as in a siliciclastic deposit, and certain arrangements of rock masses between a series of parallel thrust faults.