Definitions for imbricateˈɪm brɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt; -ˌkeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•bri•cateˈɪm brɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt; -ˌkeɪt(adj.; v.)-cat•ed, -cat•ing.

  1. (adj.)overlapping in sequence, as tiles on a roof.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. overlapping like tiles, as scales or leaves.

    Category: Biology

  3. (v.i.)to overlap.

    Category: Building Trades

Origin of imbricate:

1650–60; < L imbricātus shaped like an imbrex (a convex roof tile), der. of imbrex

Princeton's WordNet

  1. imbricate, imbricated(verb)

    used especially of leaves or bracts; overlapping or layered as scales or shingles

  2. imbricate(verb)

    place so as to overlap

    "imbricate the roof tiles"

  3. imbricate(verb)


    "The roof tiles imbricate"


  1. imbricate(Verb)

    to overlap in a regular pattern

  2. imbricate(Adjective)

    having regular overlapping edges; intertwined

  3. Origin: imbricatus, "tiled"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imbricate(adj)

    alt. of Imbricated

  2. Imbricate(verb)

    to lay in order, one lapping over another, so as to form an imbricated surface


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