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Meaning of UMBRELLA

Pronunciation:  um'brelu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  having the function of uniting a group of similar things; "the Democratic Party is an umbrella for many liberal groups"; "under the umbrella of capitalism"
  2. [n]  a formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets; "an air umbrella over England"
  3. [n]  a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy
  4. [adj]  covering or applying simultaneously to a number of similar items or elements or groups; "an umbrella organization"; "umbrella insurance coverage"

UMBRELLA is a 8 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: comprehensive
 See Also: brolly, canopy, conjugation, defence, defense, defensive measure, gamp, gore, grip, handgrip, handle, hold, jointure, rib, unification, union, uniting



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Um*brel"la\, n. [It. umbrella, fr. ombra a shade, L.
umbra; cf. L. umbella a sunshade, a parasol. Cf. {Umbel},
1. A shade, screen, or guard, carried in the hand for
   sheltering the person from the rays of the sun, or from
   rain or snow. It is formed of silk, cotton, or other
   fabric, extended on strips of whalebone, steel, or other
   elastic material, inserted, or fastened to, a rod or stick
   by means of pivots or hinges, in such a way as to allow of
   being opened and closed with ease. See {Parasol}.

         Underneath the umbrella's oily shed.  --Gay.

2. (Zo["o]l.) The umbrellalike disk, or swimming bell, of a

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any marine tectibranchiate gastropod of the
   genus {Umbrella}, having an umbrella-shaped shell; --
   called also {umbrella shell}.

{Umbrella ant} (Zo["o]l.), the sauba ant; -- so called
   because it carries bits of leaves over its back when
   foraging. Called also {parasol ant}.

{Umbrella bird} (Zo["o]l.), a South American bird
   ({Cephalopterus ornatus}) of the family {Cotingid[ae]}. It
   is black, with a large handsome crest consisting of a mass
   of soft, glossy blue feathers curved outward at the tips.
   It also has a cervical plume consisting of a long,
   cylindrical dermal process covered with soft hairy
   feathers. Called also {dragoon bird}.

{Umbrella leaf} (Bot.), an American perennial herb
   ({Dyphylleia cymosa}), having very large peltate and lobed
   radical leaves.

{Umbrella shell}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Umbrella}, 3.

{Umbrella tree} (Bot.), a kind of magnolia ({M. Umbrella})
   with the large leaves arranged in umbrellalike clusters at
   the ends of the branches. It is a native of Pennsylvania,
   Virginia, and Kentucky. Other plants in various countries
   are called by this name, especially a kind of screw pine
   ({Pandanus odoratissimus}).

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing an umbrella in your dream indicates a shield against your feelings. It also symbolizes financial protection and security. Seeing an unopened umbrella in the rain indicates that you are opened to your own feelings and emotional needs as you let the rain drench you. Seeing an opened umbrella in the rain means fortune and good luck in your endeavors. Seeing a leaky umbrella in your dream indicates quarrelling with loved ones. You are also unprepared to face your problems.